2021 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
The fundamental belief in the Côte d’Or region of Burgundy is that limestone rich soils create great wines. Winemaker and founder Josh Jensen canvassed the diverse soils of California in search of this characteristic. In 1974 he identified a high elevation parcel 100 miles south of San Francisco that was a former limestone quarry. It was called Mt. Harlan. In 1975 Josh planted three unique parcels of Pinot Noir on this site and released his first wines in 1975. It is part of the Duckhorn portfolio of wines.
Josh planted his first 6-acre parcel of Chardonnay in 1984. The vineyards are located at 2,200 to 2,500 feet above sea level. The name Calera is Spanish for (lime kiln) recognizing the stone kiln was used to bake limestone on Mt. Harlan in the 1800’s. The wine is packed with Fuji apple and pear overtones exhibiting a subtle lime characteristic, which everyone would enjoy! It reveals a gorgeous nose with a concentration of bright, fresh fruit and beautiful minerality. This perfectly balanced chardonnay is part of the Duckhorn portfolio.
A no brainer and super value!
By Joe Dimaggio