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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

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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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  • Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Coast 2000

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    Wine review by mjdvorkin


  • Michaud Pinot Noir 2001

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    Had this at Passionfish in Pacific Grove about 18 months ago. I don't know if they held the vintage back, or they were unfairly overlooked, but they were at 2001 while almost other wines on the list were already in the 2003-2004 vintages. we were really pleased with this wine. a nice Pinot that's not too overtly ripe (lots Pinots out there getti... Read More

    Wine review by wenderyeh


  • Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Chalone Naylor Dry Hole Vineyard 2004

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    Wine review by JordanPosell


  • Michaud Pinot Noir 2001

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    Michael Michaud is a rare animal in the world of over-blown CA Pinots. His wine ... ... beauty from a tiny AVA - Chalone. If you like delicate food-friendly artisan Pinots at a sane price, get a case. I'm on my second and fear he is running out of the 2001 vintage. This puppy ages magnificentl Read More

    Wine review by Pascal78


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