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Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Chalone Estate Grown 2006

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Chalone Vineyard Monterey County wines capture the rich and voluptuous fruit flavors that Monterey County's unique microclimates and extremely long hand time can provide.

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Chalone Vineyard:
Perched in the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California's Salinas Valley, this rugged vineyard sits at the base of an extinct volcano bordering the Pinnacles National Monument. Chalone Vineyard is one of the few wineries in the U.S. growing grapes in limestone-based soils, the same as in Burgundy. The spare, well-drained ground, limited rainfall and low crop levels attr... Read more
Perched in the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California's Salinas Valley, this rugged vineyard sits at the base of an extinct volcano bordering the Pinnacles National Monument. Chalone Vineyard is one of the few wineries in the U.S. growing grapes in limestone-based soils, the same as in Burgundy. The spare, well-drained ground, limited rainfall and low crop levels attracted Dick Graff, who wanted to make top-flight Burgundian-styled Chardonnay. Graff made his first vintage under the Chalone Vineyard label in 1966, producing what became a benchmark for California Chardonnay. Read less

Member Reviews for Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Chalone Estate Grown

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
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3.00 5
05/15/2009

Definite oak influence - toasty barrel and vanilla. Banana. Medium body. Acidic edge prevents this from being a butterball.


Snooth User: Jon of Sonoma
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2.00 5
04/12/2008

Two glasses


External Reviews for Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Chalone Estate Grown

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 88Sleek and focused, with subtle pear, melon and honeysuckle notes that are medium-weight, ending with a burst of flavor and a touch of minerality. Drink now through 2012.Wine Tasting NotesMade entirely from fruit grown at our estate vineyard, the 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 gobs 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 sauces, roasted salmon, grilled chicken breast and pork chops.


External Review
07/31/2008

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.



Chalone Vineyard Monterey County wines capture the rich and voluptuous fruit flavors that Monterey County's unique microclimates and extremely long hand time can provide.

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