Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Chalone Estate Grown 2005
Made entirely from fruit grown at our estate vineyard, the 2005 Chardonnay is an extremely fine and delicate wine with aromas of stone fruit and brioche. Ten months of sur lie aging in 100 percent French oak barrels gives texture and imparts complex aromas of stone fruits, vanilla and hazelnut. As is typical of Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay, the acidity is firm and bright and the wine possesses a great deal of minerality from our unique limestone site, making this an age-worthy Chardonnay. I like to call Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay the white wine for red wine drinkers. Its rich flavors, distinctive minerality and crisp acidity make it a versatile wine to complement rich, robust dishes such as pasta in cream sauce, poached salmon and roasted chicken. VINTAGE 2005 APPELLATION 100% Chalone VARIETAL COMPOSITION 100% Chardonnay PRODUCTION STATISTICS Wine Acidity 5.8g/L Wine pH 3.35 Alcohol 14.2% Case Production 22000
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 is present and a nice, buttery creamy quality underlying. There is some toasty oak, but it's very subtle standing up to the fresh, ripe tropical fruit notes. Tart green apple comes on the finish with stronger oak influence. Tasty! 6/19/12
Good oak and peach flavors, but the alcohol overpowers the taste for me. Good bouquet as well. Served with chicken in lime-butter sauce; did not complement the citrus in the sauce--too much acidity. I think probably some aging would help.
One of my weeknight standbys. Crisp and refreshing. Not very complex, but still quite tasty.
I served this at Thanksgiving and without prompting from me, everyone asked what brand of Chardonnay it was. It's rich with flavor, smooth, butter, just the right amount of oak and perfect if you like California style Chardonnay.
External Reviews for Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Chalone Estate Grown
Chalone’s Estate Chardonnay is one of the few wines I can pick out in a crowd (and I’ve done so in several blind tastings) because its minerality is so distinctive. The wine hails from a site at 1,800 feet in the Gavilan Mountains, on the eastern edge of Monterey County. The climate is extreme: Hot days, cold nights and very little rainfall. Grapes couldn’t be grown there in most years without irrigation. With that climate and the area’s limestone soils, the Chalone AVA has more in common with the Mount Harlan appellation in neighboring San Benito County than it does with the rest of Monterey. My one complaint about Chalone’s Chardonnay in some years has been that it’s simply too ripe, with some alcoholic heat. But this version from the relatively wet 2005 vintage shows considerably more restraint. The wine, which sells for $25, displays racy lemon, pear and apple flavors along with that trademark minerality. There’s some oak, but it’s mostly a background note for this intensely flavorful wine. It’s a Chardonnay that’s built for some aging (the winery suggests three to seven years), but you’ll be tempted to drink it now with pan-roasted salmon or shrimp scampi.
Well on its way into becoming a Monterey classic, the Chalone brightens up the day with its sunshine personality and aromatic aroma; rewarding on the palate; zesty aftertaste.
We're certain that you'll enjoy this Chardonnay. It's fresh appeal, touch of vanilla oak and bright apple and pear fruit character will please many palates. Chalone's wines are highly acclaimed and very well-made. This white is exemplary of their winemaking standards and offers a glance into their portfolio.