The nearly textbook-perfect vintage gave this Chardonnay its opulent fruit character balanced by a lively streak of acidity. Harmonious layers of ripe pineapple, tangerine, Fuji apple, white flower and Meyer lemon fill the aromas and expansive flavors. An impression of liquid minerals develops midpalate, just before the flavors turn toasty and creamy on the lingering finish. The wine’s integrated oak notes came from barrel fermentation, while its silky texture developed during sur lie aging. While elegant to sip by itself, our Chardonnay’s rich yet crisp flavors are delightful with many foods.
Chalone Vineyard was one of the first wineries to recognize the amazing potential of Chardonnay from Monterey County. With moderate winters and a maritime-influenced climate, Monterey has one of the coolest, most consistent growing seasons in the state, ideal for this thin-skinned varietal. Our grapes come from the northern Salinas Valley, in the Arroyo Seco American Viticultural Area, and other cool, well-drained sites auspiciously influenced by the wind and fog that carry the cool Pacific air down the valley. Here, budbreak is generally early and the growing season long, allowing the grapes to hang on the vine and develop slowly for ripe, flavorful Chardonnay with a nice core of acidity