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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2004
Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 87127)

PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $23.99

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
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grown entirely at our estate vineyard, the 2003 Chardonnay is an extremely fine and delicate wine with aromas of stone fruit and brioche. Ten months of sur lie aging in 100 percent French oak barrels gives texture and imparts complex aromas of vanilla and hazelnut. As is typical of Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay, the acidity is firm and bright and the wine possesses gobs of minerality from our unique limestone site.

I like to call Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay the white wine for red wine drinkers. Its rich flavors, distinctive minerality and crisp acidity make it a versatile wine to complement rich, robust dishes such as pasta in cream sauces, roasted salmon, grilled chicken breast and pork chops.

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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.