Be warned: this natural wine wins no awards for clarity but will please and even delight when put on the table next to an array of cuisine (oysters, anything with butter, sushi, Chinese, Thai with lighter spices and the list goes on). Aromas of lemon zest, grass, wet stone and a hint of petrol dance from the glass. The bracing acidity will wake the palate and then please with more citrus, pear and leave you wanting
Chalone IS limestone which is why we headed south for our Chablis inspired Chardonnay. To craft the food friendly Chardonnay we longed for (the butter goes on the table not in the bottle!) requires more acid than we see from this vineyard. To solve that we simply pick the vineyard twice, the first time being unusually early to create a natural acidifier (ver jus) we blend into our production at harvest to lift the acidity.
"Vivid yellow-gold. Pear skin, chamomile and sweet butter on the nose. Pungent herb and anise qualities emerge with aeration and carry onto the palate, which offers lively, mineral-accented orchard fruit and lemon thyme flavors and a bright note of candied ginger. Nicely blends richness and vivacity, finishing sappy and precise, with strong mineral cut. This reminds me of a serious, very old school Chablis.
International Wine Cellar