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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  • For some reason your link doesn't click through, Mark.This generation is ... They were in a 50/50 JV with Chalone (the original version, not its decrepit Diageo-owned successor), which had some interesting wines and great value back during that period. After Graff crashed his plane into power wires and Chalone ended up selling to Diageo, then ... Read More

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  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2013


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  • The '80 thru '84 vertical, all reserve, was last year.  Still in ... or definitively the vintages.Chalone from the last decade and a half bears little resemblance to that from its earlier incarnation, so it'd help if you were familiar with the earlier version when I talk about how the tannins had mellowed and the perception of (for lack of a b... Read More

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  • I said CA, dmcker!  Ok, so Chalone aged well, congrats.  I have had more go the other way.  I rather hedge my bets toward some level of success.  When have you last tasted those 80's from Chalone, and what was your impression? Read More

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  • Next time I do an '80s vertical from Chalone I won't invite you, NG!  ;-) Ditto on the DRCs form the '90s, or does France get a pass? Read More

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  • As you'll be getting good Pinot recommendations here, it's a good idea ... may not make 'em like Chalone did in the 80' Read More

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  • Jeez, guys, what's with this infanticide religion for pinot noir, or ... ... ... else? Did a vertical of Chalone last year that was '80 thru '84, all reserve. Ex-winery, flown over then stored very well, passively, in a cellar in Tokyo.Ambrosia.And that was back when *nobody* was making good pinot in CA and it wasn't even a glint in an OR par... Read More

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  • You beat me to it, Fox. Always good to clarify terminology!That Dujac (which ... the New World back then was Chalone's) I cut my teeth on, including the whole-cluster/steminess which is not unique to Maison Dujac. Going from that sensibility to most of California's PN is too often a tough row to hoe. Even after these decades of efforts in OT's... Read More

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  • Only two dozen, DV, or are you thinking 'a couple' in its loose usage ... '80s and '90s when Chalone started and ran it. But Chalone was a lot more interesting then, too. Yet another conglomerate buyout horror story, compounded by the airplane-crash death of its founder and visionary--bean counters then moved in to cash out. The only purely Ga... Read More

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  • Noco Pinot Noir Chalone 2010


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

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