Chalone Wine

enjoys one of the finest expressions of terroir anywhere. Distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have earned the wines of Chalone cult status. High in the Gabilan Mountains, straddling the borders of Monterey and San Benito counties, this small appellation is characterized by distinctive limestone and decomposed granite soil. This unique soil combines with an arid climate to stress the vines, concentrating the flavor and mineral character of the legendary wines. Situated above the fog line, this AVA, with less than 300 acres under vine, enjoys high daytime summer temperatures, but low nighttime readings, preserving grape acidity and balance. This rugged terrain near Pinnacle National Monument is the setting for one of California’s viticultural splendors. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Chalone Vineyard

    Perched in the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California's Salinas Valley, th...

  • Domaine Michaud

    Michaud was 22. The surface area was 5ha and his first harvest was in 1974 . Today he works 12ha...

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  • Do like that area, Mark. My extended family almost built some houses right on ... what's happening in the Chalone area, more than Carmel (which I'm guessing still doesn't have any traffic lights). Haven't been there for more than a decade now. I'd guessed what you describe about how Paso Robles has been transitioning. I never liked many of its... Read More

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  • Been almost 4 months but I finally cracked.Limerick Lane1 - 2015 RRV Zinfandel4 ... de Bourgogne, Rodnick Farm, Chalone, Monterey2 - 2017 Pinot Gris, Rorick Heritage Vineyard, Calaveras2 - 2017 Valdiguie Rosé, North Coast Mendocino2 - 2017 Gamay Noir, Barsotti Vineyard, El DoradoDesire Lines Wine Co.1 - 2015 Griffin’s Lair Syrah Petaluma Gap4 -... Read More

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  • Vino, nice report and would love any more news/impressions you're able to ... didn't make it up to the Chalone (Pinnacles) distric Read More

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  • Boy, I leave guys unattended for a little while and you get all testy with each ... ... 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Chalone  MSG6x 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Blanc&nbs Read More

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  • Yes Mark,5 Chardonnay2008 Maybach Eterium2014 Ancillary2016 Kutch Sonoma ... ... of every Copain Brousseau Chalone Chardonnay he has.A vertical of every Kiser "enHaut" still in his library.Then we had lunch...After which we went into the cellar and did barrel tastings of a bunch of his project vineyards that he has access to through  the new o... Read More

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  • How were the Chalone chardonnay?And how many people killed those BBQ soldiers chez OT? Read More

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  • So in the winter do they yank out the bottles and put in the cordwood?Your ... ... still blasting at that time. Chalone Wine Group was expanding and wanted wines they could put into restaurants, Carmanet and Edna Valley and later Acacia being their solutions. Great location but a lot of work to carve it out. After Dick Graf died, Carmanet went... Read More

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  • Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Grown 2014


    cool, mild nose; sweet with notes of vanilla oak; heartwarming! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Thanks for the response. Good answers to both my questions!Most people I've ... him saying exactly that for Chalone in the Pinnacles in those days, though I believe they were still trucking water up the hill at that point. Anybody playing with other varietals in LI in your day? Aside from the easier marketability for those you mention it seems ... Read More

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  • Post here about wines that used to satisfy, but for whatever reason (corporate ... examples in the wine context:Chalone. 'nuff said.Martini and Sebastiani. Used to be daily quaffers or more that were interesting and punched way above their weight across a number of varietals. Good wines that were fairly well distributed. Corporate buyouts and ... Read More

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