Chalone Vineyard Pinot Blanc Estate
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|Wine maker notes
|To protect our unique mountain-plateau site, we farm it as naturally as possible. We believe that the key to both organic and sustainable farming is the number of footprints in the vineyard, and our wine quality reflects this constant care. This wine comes from a 12-acre Pinot Blanc vineyard that we planted in 1991, using budwood taken from a spectacular 1946 planting on our mountain estate. The thin, limestone-rich soils produce low yields of grapes bursting with rich, intense flavors and impeccable balance. The name of the Chalone American Viticultural Area (AVA), like that of the winery, comes from the name of a tribe of Native Americans who once inhabited this isolated area.
|Macaroni and cheese, fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy . . . whatever comfort food you like is the perfect accompaniment for this wine. Don`t forget to try it with fresh cracked crab or other flavorful seafood.
|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.