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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Al I would've been struggling a bit with that wine list...not a big ... ... young, the steak helps. The Chalone Pinot would be interesting, but the challenge would be the pairing. Also cool that they have a Sherr Read More

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  • JD... it was a Windy Oaks Chard, but not the unoaked one on the website.  ... This baby was totally like a Chalone.. amazing.  Bright, lemon/ toast, custard, nice finish-minerality.  Perfect acidity.  I did not buy, so I cannot provide label inf Read More

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  • Yes NG, that has tempted me also...same vineyard as the famous Chalone from what I understand. Read More

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  • You guys should try a Wilde Farm Chard that OT recommended to me.. ... Vineyard, ChaloneWinemaker’s notes:Orange rind, wet marble, green papaya and kefir lime zest on the intense aromatics of this brilliantly bright Chardonnay. The palate is streamline and alive w/ minerals, citrus and a distinct note of honeysuckle. Only 71 cases produced. The... Read More

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  • Graff Family Vineyards Pinot Blanc Chalone 2005


    Pinot blanc typically has low to medium-high acidity. Tasted roasted almond and yeast. Good oak flavor. Read More

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  • Had fun last night with my Sonoma County Tasting Group. Too dark for most of ... ... Chardonnay Brosseau Vnyd Chalone2008 Thomas Morey Morgeot Chassange Montrachet 1er Cru2005 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills - Corked2009 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru2009 Joseph Swan Côtes du Rosa Carignan2010 Saint Cosme Châteauneuf du Pape2006 Korbin K... Read More

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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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  • 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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