The 2017 Chardonnay Mount Harlan went through full malolactic and aged 15 months in 30% new French oak. The nose unfurls to mushroom tart, prosciutto, baked quince and golden apples with a streak of crushed shell/saline plus accents of orange blossoms, jasmine and hazelnuts. Light to medium-bodied, it's minerally on the entry, slowly spreading savory wings in the mouth, lifted by tangy acidity and finishing long, bright and mineral again. I love the dynamic character of this wine. 1,900 cases produced.
Well-structured, juicy and redolent of pear tart flavors, with spicy shadings. The buttery finish is nicely framed by hints of wet stone and dried citrus.
Calera's 2017 Chardonnay Mt. Harlan is silky and understated, with a bit more early appeal and less of the phenolic, savory structure that is often found in this wine, one of the estate's flagship bottlings. The Mt. Harlan Chardonnay now spends 15 months in barrel (rather than the 11 or so that were common in the past), which softens some of the contours and adds sleekness.