Calera Mt. Harlan Selleck Pinot Noir 1999
"A prodigious effort (the finest since the 1988), the 1999 Selleck Pinot Noir exhibits a dense plum/purple color as well as a sensational, big, sweet perfume of candied red and black fruits, smoke, espresso, soy, and Asian spices. It possesses great stuffing, full body, tremendous intensity, and a pure, concentrated, formidable finish. This outrageous Pinot Noir can compete with the finest made on Planet Earth!"
About the Region
An immense expanse of wine-growing real estate, covering portions of six counties between Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Bay Area and including more than 100,000 acres of vineyards, the Central Coast region includes the Santa Maria Valley, the Santa Ynez Valley and Monterey viticultural areas, and more than 20 other appellations. Chardonnay is the main grape planted, but there are scores of others, from albariño to zinfandel, with such rarities as counoise, mondeuse, and vermentino in between.