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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

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  • Domaine Michaud

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

  • Chalone Vineyard

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

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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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  • Lassen was pretty covered in snow and clouds kept hitting the tops of it, so I ... in Napa, Sonoma, DCV, Paso, Chalone... kind of like a week of OT's life, but more spread out.&nbs Read More

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  • Copain Syrah Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2007


    I have found the Copain Syrah Brousseau Chalone to be a fabulous wine.I rate a 95. I loved the flavors,the aromas and the smooth relaxing drinkability.I will buy again for sure. Read More

    Wine review by teund5

  • Wow....   this is young, needed to open, but y'all know me.  ... way down.  It's a Chalone!  and a small lot.  Jim Schultze has worked magic once again....  &nbs Read More

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  • Gosh, Greg, that Burning Mouth Syndrime sounds very annoying, at the very ... ...   I might go for the Chalone PN or the Sterling Cab.  Neither of the whites would appeal to me.  I might also go for the Sparkle Read More

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  • 'Smart' stadium done by Silicon Valley. Host to this just-past Super ... were pre-1990 of course the Chalone PN...What happened to cheap peanuts and relatively cheap cups of beer, even at football games? Instead salumi and large conglomerate-owned reds.   ; Read More

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  • OK, let's make it interesting and either more fantastic or real, ... brush ... brush and the rocks, with Chalone in view in the distance. Food is? Wine is?In your own bungalow over the lagoon in the Maldives. Locally caught fish brought to your door. Wine is?On a big catamaran sailing from San Francisco Bay out to the Farallons and beyond for ... Read More

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