2018 Calera Chardonnay Mt Harlan

Chardonnay - 750ML
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WE 94 DC 93 JD 92 VN 92 W&S 91 WS 91
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

Light aromas of honeysuckle, sea salt, white peach and nectarine show on the nose of this classic bottling, from a 2,200-foot-high vineyard. There is a strong streak of limestone flavor to the sip, with warmer hints of...
DC 93

Decanter, August 2021

At 670m, Calera’s limestone-rich vineyards in the Gavilan Mountain range of the Mount Harlan AVA sits 40km from Monterey Bay – perfect conditions for growing Burgundian varieties. Aged in 100% French oak of which...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, September 2020

The 2018 Chardonnay Mt. Harlan is a solid step up over the Viognier and offers a classy bouquet of spiced apple, white flowers, and brioche, with a terrific sense of chalky minerality. Medium-bodied and elegant, with a...
VN 92

Vinous, September 2020

The 2018 Chardonnay (Mt. Harlan) is bright, focused and translucent. A wine of striking character, the Mt. Harlan Chardonnay captures the essence of this rugged site in its savory complexity. In 2018, the Mt. Harlan is a...
W&S 91

Wine & Spirits, October 2020

A sunny wine, this estate-grown chardonnay starts off golden and wheaty, with scents of biscuits and green apple. The flavors are slightly broader, and the wine feels rich, but in texture and tone it becomes dramatically...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, July 2021

This plush white is filled with red peach and apple pastry flavors that are buttery and well-spiced, ending with a fruity finish that is spicy and rich-tasting. Drink now through 2025. 680 cases made. — KM


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Calera Chardonnay Mt Harlan is a captivating white wine that showcases the exceptional quality of California Chardonnay. With its limestone-rich vineyards situated in the Gavilan Mountain range of the Mount Harlan AVA, this wine benefits from the perfect conditions for growing Burgundian varieties.

In the glass, this Chardonnay presents a bright, golden hue that immediately catches the eye. The nose is filled with enticing aromas of lemon cream, pear, straw, and almond, creating a truly invigorating experience. The palate is equally delightful, offering flavors of yellow apple, pear, and candied lemon peel. The silky texture of this wine adds to its allure, while notes of vanilla oak and crushed stone minerality add depth and complexity. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lingering impression of toasted almond.

Critics have praised the 2018 Calera Chardonnay Mt Harlan for its exceptional quality. Decanter awarded it an impressive score of 93 points, noting its brightness and the array of flavors it presents. Jeb Dunnuck also commended this wine, rating it 92 points and describing it as elegant with a vibrant, pure texture. Vinous gave it a score of 92 points as well, emphasizing its striking character and savory complexity.

Wine & Spirits awarded this Chardonnay 91 points, highlighting its sunny disposition and the tension it exhibits. The Wine Enthusiast was impressed, awarding it a score of 94 points and noting its light aromas of honeysuckle, sea salt, white peach, and nectarine. Lastly, Wine Spectator rated it 91 points and praised its plushness, red peach and apple pastry flavors, and spicy, rich finish.

With its exceptional quality and the accolades it has received, the 2018 Calera Chardonnay Mt Harlan is a standout wine that showcases the best of California Chardonnay. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of dishes, this Chardonnay is sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseur.