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2021 Calera Viognier Mt. Harlan

In 1975, legendary vintner and American wine pioneer Josh Jensen founded Calera (Spanish for “lime kiln”) high in the remote Gabilan Mountains of California’s windswept Central Coast. There, in Mt. Harlan’s low-yielding, limestone-rich soils and cool, arid climate, Josh began planting what would ultimately become six small estate vineyards.
Today, as part of The Duckhorn Portfolio, Calera partners with some of the top vineyards in crafting beautiful Central Coast wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Viognier.

Calera Mt. Harlan Vineyards are in the Gabilan Mountains, 25 miles east of Monterey Bay. Viognier was first planted in 1983. The 2021 Calera Viognier is memorable in every sense. The Viognier is fermented for 15 months in concrete tanks, through 100% malolactic fermentation. It is a harmonious collection of smells and flavors with wonderful depth and freshness. The color is a light golden hue. The aromas are floral, with notes of jasmine, stone fruits of apricot and peach along with a touch of honey. In the background is a whiff of sea salt. On the palate, the stony minerality lifts the wine to the brink of being edgy while the creamy fruit balances the wine, giving it perfect weight and a lovely mouth-watering feel. The finish is long and bright. I thoroughly enjoyed this distinctive 2021 Calera Viognier. It is a perfect alternative to Chardonnay during the warm summer months.

By Perry Miroballi

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