Dating back to 1919 and led since 1966 by the legendary Dick Graff, Chalone Vineyard is the oldest bonded winery in Monterey County, CA. Situated 1,800 feet up the north slope of Chalone Peak, the winery looks out across the broad, 75 mile long Salinas Valley that traps and funnels the cool Pacific breezes between the Santa Lucia and the Gavilan Mountain Ranges, thereby creating ideal conditions for slower ripening, extended hang time and impressive fruit flavors. It is no mystery, then, that this voluptuous yet approachable Pinot Noir exhibits lush, fragrant aromas of black cherries, roses and hints of tobacco, then graces the palate with bright red fruit flavors, a touch of spice and a velvety texture. Juicy and vibrant through the finish, it is meant for immediate enjoyment. Textbook Central Coast Pinot Noir from the people who wrote the book! Pair it with grilled salmon, broiled bluefish or just about anything with mushrooms.
|Perched high on the western slopes of the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California’s Salinas Valley, Chalone Vineyard represents a singular convergence of terroir and winemaking. Here thin, well-drained limestone-based soils combine with a sunny, wind-cooled microclimate and limited rainfall to produce fruit of unique richness and character that demonstrate this vineyard’s typicity. Originally planted in 1919, the vineyard’s ability to yield benchmark Chardonnay was discovered when Chalone Wine Group cofounder Dick Graff made his first vintage here in 1966. The time-honored Burgundian techniques he introduced complement the fruit’s inimitable character to create the full bouquet and hedonistic flavors that are Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay’s hallmarks.