1996 Calera "Mills" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir (Previously $80)

SKU #1146504 90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One of the deepest colored wines of this vertical, the 1996 possesses abundant aromas of black cherries, earth, and a cherry cough syrup-like flavor profile with tremendous depth as well as tannin, body, and muscle. Not the most delicate or elegant of these Mills Pinots, it is one of the beefiest and richest. Inner quote mark (4/2003)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A ripe and elegant California Pinot, with bright and juicy black cherry accented by anise, sage and tea notes. Firms up on the finish, where the tannins add backbone. (JL) Inner quote mark (1/2000)

K&L Notes

Situated in the Gavilan Mountains just twenty-five miles east of the Monterey Bay, at an average elevation of 2,200 feet above sea level, Calera's Mount Harlan "Mills Vineyard" is among the highest and coolest sites in California. Calera farms these limestone soils organically, ferments using native yeasts with minimal racking, and bottles unfiltered to produce an intense, structured Pinot Noir with a real sense of place.

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