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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2000
Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2000
(search item no. 49369)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In 2000, perfect ripening weather and lack of intense heat spells allowed us to achieve great homogeneity of ripeness in our Chardonnay.

Aromas of green apples and stone fruit are accented and lifted by citrus and tangerine notes. The 2000 vintage has a firm acid grip and, of course, gobs of wet stone minerality from Chalone's unique limestone soil.

Aged on the lees for tem months in 100% French oak, the wine was never racked until bottling. This extended sur lie aging, coupled with malolactic fermentation, created complex layers of Broiche - the aroma isn't just yeastiness, but rich, baked bread smells of butter and eggs. Our 2000 Chardonnay is viscous and rich on the finish.

Very similar to our outstanding 1999 vintage, this wine has a perfect balance between fruitiness, barrel aging, and minerality. I think of it as the Chardonnay for a red wine drinker. It's powerful, complex, and goes well with just about everything: chicken, pasta, fish, pork, or take out Chinese food. Yes!

Dan Karlsen, Winemaker

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About Chalone Vineyard:

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 flavors that are Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay's hallmarks. Chalone Vineyard's other estate-grown wines are equally distinctive. Chalone also produces Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinto Blanc and Chenin Blanc.