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Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Coast 1981

Member Review by Wine Fire:

Opened on July 7, 2011, we were surprised by the vivacity of this old Pinot. A lovely bouquet of flowers and red fruits jumped from the glass at first pouring. On the palate, the wine was unusually profound at launch, and surprisingly tart, with sour cherry flavors and a nice complexity supported by a pleasant acidity. Warm, full and supple, with a silky texture and a complex medley of flavors that included sour cherry, earth, black walnut, and forest moss, the wine finished with delicacy and finesse, and an extended presence of fruit. The finish was gently dry, with a lingering and pleasing tang at the end. Nose and palate stayed lively and interesting over two hours.

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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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Snooth User: Wine Fire
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4.00 5
07/28/2011

Opened on July 7, 2011, we were surprised by the vivacity of this old Pinot. A lovely bouquet of flowers and red fruits jumped from the glass at first pouring. On the palate, the wine was unusually profound at launch, and surprisingly tart, with sour cherry flavors and a nice complexity supported by a pleasant acidity. Warm, full and supple, with a silky texture and a complex medley of flavors that included sour cherry, earth, black walnut, and forest moss, the wine finished with delicacy and finesse, and an extended presence of fruit. The finish was gently dry, with a lingering and pleasing tang at the end. Nose and palate stayed lively and interesting over two hours.




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