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Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Chalone Estate Grown 2007

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Our 2007 Estate Chardonnay is a true expression of Chalone's unique terroir capturing the very essence of our vineyard with toasty aromas of hazelnut, stone fruit, white pear and a unique minerality. On the palate, there is a bright acidity that mingles with flavors of fleshy pear, apricot, a bit of apple and is marked by Chalone’s distinctive minerality which comes from our vineyard’s unique limestone and decomposed granite soils. We allowed more than half of the wine to complete native malolactic fermentation to round the acidity and add creaminess which results in a long, lingering and bright finish that is absolutely delicious. Gentle stirring (bâtonnage) every two weeks during the 10 months of sur lie aging broadened the mouthfeel and enhanced the rich, silky texture.

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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: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
02/21/2010

The 2007 vintage on the central coast area produced some great chardonnay! La Crema and now this Chalone. For less than $15, perhaps even under $10, it's delicious! Surprisingly rich, smooth creamy butter tones with pineapple and other tropical fruits. Get some!


Snooth User: raindance
2001541,143
4.00 5
08/31/2009

Only inexpensive Chardonnay from California to blow my mind since the early 1990's. Need to get a case, pronto.


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
3.50 5
01/16/2010

Nicely balanced, crisp Chardonnay displays rich pear and citrus fruit along with attractive spicy/toasty notes. Refreshing, somewhat tight in the mouth. Very clean and classy feel, lingering finish. Our only complaint: we liked the old Chalone label! Extremely fairly priced at $19.99.


Snooth User: Seacoast Terroir
289048275
3.00 5
03/17/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Chalone Estate Grown

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
03/05/2009

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.


External Review
05/17/2010

Exhibits a complex mix of subtle pear and mineral with pleasant earthy notes and floral scents. Tight and full-bodied, ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2012. 16,801 cases made. -JLYellow-gold. Musky aromas of pear skin, yellow plum and anise, plus a subtle vanilla quality. Sweet orange and vanilla flavors are given depth by a note of candied licorice and complicated by spice and floral qualities. Finishes slightly warm, with the licorice note repeating.


External Review
03/03/2010

WS: 92 Points, Top 100 2009 ST: 88 Points



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Our 2007 Estate Chardonnay is a true expression of Chalone's unique terroir capturing the very essence of our vineyard with toasty aromas of hazelnut, stone fruit, white pear and a unique minerality. On the palate, there is a bright acidity that mingles with flavors of fleshy pear, apricot, a bit of apple and is marked by Chalone’s distinctive minerality which comes from our vineyard’s unique limestone and decomposed granite soils. We allowed more than half of the wine to complete native malolactic fermentation to round the acidity and add creaminess which results in a long, lingering and bright finish that is absolutely delicious. Gentle stirring (bâtonnage) every two weeks during the 10 months of sur lie aging broadened the mouthfeel and enhanced the rich, silky texture.

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