2017 Calera "Mills" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $80)

SKU #1496751 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard is slightly deeper colored (it's still translucent) and offers a gorgeous nose of ripe redcurrants, cherries, spring flowers, sappy forest floor, and ample spice nuances. With medium to full body, beautiful depth of fruit, and a seamless texture, it's another stunning Pinot Noir from this team that I'd be happy to have in the cellar. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard is wonderfully expressive right out of the gate. Rose petals, mint, dried herbs, pine and blood orange are all beautifully lifted in a Pinot that marries aromatic brightness with fruit depth and a good deal of supporting structure. The freshness and vibrancy of the flavors make for a compelling, alluring Pinot. Mills, planted in 1984, is the one vineyard on the property planted on own-rooted vines. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Mills Vineyard was planted in 1984 on a limestone slope facing south-southeast. The wine is dusty and spicy with scents of turf, forest floor and a hint of oak. At its center is a lush core of cherry fruit, silky and voluptuous, expressing a juicy ripeness. (PJC) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Suave, richly fruity, with ebullient cooking spice accents to the well-knit raspberry tart and cherry compote flavors. Silky tannins on the finish, with creaminess and bright forest floor notes. (KM) Inner quote mark (8/2021)

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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2021 | Send Email
I've long been a fan of this wine from Calera, with the 2010 being a benchmark for the cuvee. One sip of the 2017 made me quickly reconsider that. What is striking is the wine's transparency, showing an incredibly delicate touch from the get-go. The aromas hint at bright red fruit and baking spice, but the palate echoes that and takes it to the next level. Extremely elegant and light, it still packs remarkable depth and character. Crisp red fruits and thread of acidity and spiciness carry through to a long finish that doesn't quit. It is all too easy to call this Burgundian, but the accessibility screams California. Either way you look at it, its a brilliant wine that will thrill Pinot Noir lovers of all stripes.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2021 | Send Email
My favorite of the 2017 single vineyard Pinot from Calera. Mills comes from one of the most stressed, low-cropping blocks on the estate. The 37 year old, own-rooted vines sit on a southeast facing limestone escarpment. To me this wine perfectly illustrates why Calera and Mt. Harlan is so special. The wine has such a natural gravitas, an ethereal power and intensity without being heavy, extracted or over-ripe. The structure is so fine and elegant. The balance of fruit purity and earthy, soil driven minerality is exquisite. It’s a Pinot Noir that to my mind can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of the best from anywhere on the planet.
Drink from 2021 to 2031

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