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 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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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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  • OH my... I really want one of those Wilde Farm Chards!   Will have to ... ... perfect.  Love the Chalone AVA.. if done right.  This one is calling my name..  OT, wishing I was drinking that tonight...  tasting notes?I am ready to order ASAP... give me some impressions, Read More

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  • Tantara Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2010

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • NG, my SLH holdings are mostly (have to check, maybe entirely at this moment) ... ... there's Calera and Chalone to think of, and other great makers using that fruit, too. Assignments will go out mid-September, or that's the plan.  I would just encourage people to drink what they like between now and then and buy what you like so whether you ... Read More

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  • I have, however I am loving Chalone Pinot noir....also Mac Murray Pinot which I purchased at Costco!  Right now drinking Erath, Oregon Pinot noir Read More

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  • Interesting about the vine age leading toward minerality/complexity. I guess in ... were planted in limestone (Chalone, Matthiasson). The problem with modern viticulture is that most vines are irrigated on drip systems which induces surface roots and does not lend to the roots searching deep for water. The main reason you see vineyards torn out... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • Chalone Pinot Noir Chalone Appellation Estate Grown 2008

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    Wine review by npirzkal


  • Noco Pinot Noir Chalone 2010

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    light body, bright red fruits, floral notes, nice finish Read More

    Wine review by bobcatpunk


  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2010

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    Contains all the elements of a great wine. An aroma full of depth an sumptuous notes of rich fruit. Flavors that capture the essence of an expertly crafted Pinot Noir. And a lasting memorable finish that will have one yearning for more wines from this producer. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Chalone Estate Grown 2005

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    Sour aromas at first. Then, tart green apple, dusty, toasty oak. Hint of sulfur. Then notes of fresh green herbs, cream and some gravel. On the palate, it enters lush and creamy feeling. Wonderful weight. Elegantly structured. Vanilla custard with flavors of lemon meringue, roasted pineapple, and some notes of mango. Lush tropical fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • As things go I didn't have time to pick up the 09 Matthew D. Taylor Michaud ... ... high up in the rocky Chalone mountains in Monterey County. Whatever he is doing, he should keep doing it.  The pinot is just fantastic, a real "holy-$*#$!-I've-never-had-a-pinot-quite-like-that" pinot. Dark, brooding, intense, muscular, but wonderfully balanced... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matthew D. Taylor for you dmcker


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