Chalone Vineyard Merlot Monterey County 2012

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This supple, full-flavored Merlot features a fine-tuned acidity that lifts and accentuates a brooding dark-fruit core. Juicy black cherry spreads thick across the middle and is joined by spicy clove and sweet vanilla notes.

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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
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Member Reviews for Chalone Vineyard Merlot Monterey County

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Snooth User: Sully2010
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/11/2010

Three glasses


Snooth User: oxygin21
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/28/2009

A whole lot of cherry notes, sour nose, a little stinky on the nose. The poopy type notes lend themselves to slight oaky flavor, very cherry, a little hot, very drinkable though... medium flavored merot.


Snooth User: MeganRI
4397565
2.50 5
Vintage: 2003 02/20/2008

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chalone Vineyard Merlot Monterey County

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Vintage: 2009 12/29/2011

This supple, full-flavored Merlot features a fine-tuned acidity that lifts and accentuates a brooding dark-fruit core. Juicy black cherry spreads thick across the middle and is joined by spicy clove and sweet vanilla notes.


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Vintage: 2007 04/12/2011

Monterey Merlot is a rich, full of flavor and very approachable. Fresh, spicy aromas of berry and clove are followed by luscious flavors of dark cherry, accentuated by the soft vanilla character of th



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