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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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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  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... ... if my memory serves me, Chalone back in the day blended a little petite sirah in some of their pinot noir, but that didn't continue all that long. Remember they were making reds back then that only had 12% or so alcohol, and were coming from young vines, not to menti... Read More

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  • Dick Graff's plane-crash death in the latter '90s and lesser successors ... and winemaking skill made Chalone's sale to Diageo last decade unfortunate but not too surprising. Diageo, of course, doesn't seem to care about vision and great winemaking, or winemaking at all for that matter, and is currently getting out of the business. Treasury dow... Read More

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  • Of course, Greg, Sonoma has some of the best New World PNs. Think I was ... ... ... and only had Graff-era Chalone for solace early on (not that all their production was perfect but it was well on the right road, from back in the '70s).Obviously the American Palate or whatever other excuse you wish to name results in a market for the cherry c... Read More

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  • Fulcrum Wines Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012


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