2014 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1256564 92 points Decanter

 Sweet spices and preserved lemons on the nose; memories of a weekend in Marrakech. A mineral palate with restrained oak, nice grip and lots of character. Long and very complex with a full body and promise of more to come.  (5/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Josh Jensen’s appellation blend is arguably the best American white wine for the price. This vintage offers squeezed tangerine, fleur de sel, lily, apple blossom, apple fritters and a touch of tropicality on the nose. The palate is more steely in structure, with chalk and concrete minerality followed by grapefruit skin and lime flavors, revealing the slightest hint of balanced butter tones.  (5/2016)

90 points Vinous

 The Calera 2014 Chardonnay (Central Coast) is a gorgeous entry-level offering. Orange blossom, honey, chamomile and wild flowers are all pushed forward, but it is the wine's textural finesse - especially at this level - that makes it one of the very best values readers will find anywhere in the world. One of the things that separates world-class wineries from the merely excellent is consistency across the entire range. That is exactly what readers will find at Calera. I can't think of any of these wines I would not want to drink any day of the week. Simply put, Josh Jensen and his team at Calera have done a remarkable job with these new releases. Specifically, I was blown away by the sheer deliciousness of the entry-level wines. (AG)  (7/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A delicate style that relies on subtlety and finesse, capturing the ripe essence of white peach, mandarin orange, pear and citrus flavors. Long and elegant, ending clean and refreshing.  (4/2016)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2016 | Send Email
A tad richer than past vintages but still one of the freshest and most palate cleansing whites of its style made in California. This is lively and balanced with a fruit packed middle of spiced apple and honeydew melon and a long, clean finish of citrus and mineral.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
Lemon custard, pineapple, kumquat and tangerine drive straight into a waxy and rich, yet balanced finish. This wine is an absolute steal at $17.99 - I have a strong feeling this wine is going to take off once it gains some traction here.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
Here is a classic California Chardonnay. This wine has exhilarating aromas of honeysuckle, pear and green apple, with hints of pineapple. On the palate, this wine is crisp and medium-bodied, with lively fruit and a refreshing, long, lingering finish.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
Aromas of gentle citrus notes pair with a white stone minerality that screams Cote de Beaune. The palate balances bright acidity with terrific weight and definition that comes from a deft hand in the vineyard. Only 10% new oak is used here (succinctly detailed on the bottle alongside of technique and vineyard sources) and the result is a silky, seamless, and balanced chardonnay that's great right out of the gate and would cost three times as much if it comes from Burgundy. A bit of a "wow" wine for me, regardless of the price. Extremely well done.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
Having just returned from Burgundy the 2014 Calera central Coast Chardonnay is very reminiscent of a nice village-to-1er Cru level Chablis. A great floral nose is followed by a crisp palate of green apples, citrus and wets stone notes. Fabulous vibrancy mixes deftly with good acidity and beautiful fruit notes. This is easily the best Calera Central Coast Chardonnay I have tasted and is a top value!
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2018

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Alcohol Content (%): 14.3