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 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


  • Noco Pinot Noir Chalone 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Local Vinacular


  • A Donkey and Goat Coupe d'Or El Dorado 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2003

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    An almost overwhelming bevy of carmelized fruit is unleashed in the nose. Mildly jammy flavors for a rich mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Coast 1981

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    Opened on July 7, 2011, we were surprised by the vivacity of this old Pinot. A lovely bouquet of flowers and red fruits jumped from the glass at first pouring. On the palate, the wine was unusually profound at launch, and surprisingly tart, with sour cherry flavors and a nice complexity supported by a pleasant acidity. Warm, full and supple, w... Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire


  • Not by me, however, at least not yet.  Wine writer Laurie Daniels (doesn't ... Maybe he's getting it from Chalone?  But all those are pretty far north of his stated area of interest.)Kudos to Daniels, who tasted the Qupe blind, and to Lindquist if it really is back up to par.  For a long time, I thought it was a very good value and often availa... Read More

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  • A Donkey and Goat Coupe d'Or El Dorado 2009

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    Amazing. Taste like Belgian Gueuze lambic beer. Read More

    Wine review by trudypanda


  • Chalone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by etavoa


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