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Perched high on the western slopes of the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California’s Salinas Valley, Chalone Vineyard represents a singular convergence of terroir and winemaking. Here thin, well-drained limestone-based soils combine with a sunny, wind-cooled microclimate and limited rainfall to produce fruit of unique richness and character that demonstrate this vineyard’s typicity. Originally planted in 1919, the vineyard’s ability to yield benchmark Chardonnay was discovered when Chalone Wine Group cofounder Dick Graff made his first vintage here in 1966. The time-honored Burgundian techniques he introduced complement the fruit’s inimitable character to create the full bouquet and hedonistic flavors that are Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay’s hallmarks.
This full-bodied is powerful and perfectly approachable, with good balance and medium long finish. Cassis, dark chocolate, and blackberry aromas are softened by a hint of vanilla oak for richness and complexity. In the mouth, flavors of fresh ... more
WE 91 Pts :
Great price for Chardonnay of this quality. It's dry and crisp, yet rich in fruit.., girded with a fine minerality. Distinguished and elegant.."Capturing the distinctive characteristics of our unique terroir, our ... more