Chalone Vineyard is a special vineyard, more unique than pretty much any vineyard in California. It was the first planted vineyard in Monterey back in 1919, sits at 1800 feet above California’s Salinas Valley and the fog line and even has such distinct climatic and geographic differences in the vineyard that they have their own AVA!!!
They’re one of the few wineries in the U.S. that are growing grapes in limestone-based soils that are the same as Burgundy. That gives them a huge advantage over their peers when trying to grow world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Another big advantage is the super well-drained ground, low rainfall the vineyard sees and the low crop levels of the Chardonnay vines. With very cold nights and hot days (especially during the summer), and less than 15 inches of annual rainfall, the conditions here are perfect for growing both fruit and acid driven Chard.
In the 2021 vintage, Chalone hit it out of the park to the tune of two 92-point reviews from the major critics – Wine Enthusiast who called out, “bright acidity and earthy minerality” and James Suckling who called the wine “attractive” as well as “full-bodied and very textura with a chalkiness to it and vivid acidity”.
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92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Focused aromas of white flower, cashew cream and coconut flesh doused in lime juice show on the nose of this bottling from the historic estate. Bright acidity and earthy mineralty kick off the palate, slicing through the flavors of cut apple and lime.
92 Points, James Suckling
Notes of golden apples and peaches with beeswax and praline undertones. Full-bodied and very textural with a chalkiness to it and vivid acidity. Creamy finish. Attractive. Drink now.
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