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Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
  • WE 91
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Winemaker Notes

Capturing the distinctive characteristics of our unique terroir, our Estate Chardonnay holds fragrant aromas of ripe pear, green apple, hazelnut, vanilla and baking spice. Bright fruit flavors glide across a lithe and supple midpalate, balanced by toasty oak and a creamy texture. The vineyard's limestone soils leave a distinct footprint with a crunchy rock minerality that persists through the middle and holds the finish. The fine balance of vibrant acids with weightier oak influences makes... View More

Critical Acclaim

WE 91
Wine Enthusiast

Great price for a Chardonnay of this quality. It's dry and crisp, yet very rich in fruit, showing tiers of pineapples, tangerines, nectarines and peaches, girded with a fine minerality. Distinguished and elegant, it will hold over the next 3–4 years.

Chalone Vineyard

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Chalone Vineyard, , California
Chalone
Perched high on the western slopes of the remote Gavilan Mountain Range on Mount Chalone, 1,800 feet above California's Salinas Valley, Chalone Vineyard represents a singular convergence of terroir and winemaking. Originally planted in 1919, the vineyard's ability to yield benchmark Chardonnay was discovered when Chalone Wine Group co-founder, Dick Graff, made his first vintage there in 1966. The time-honored Burgundian techniques he introduced complement the fruit's character to create the bouquet and... View More