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Date Printed: 12/10/2016
Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2008
Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 102896)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/10/2016: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Decanter rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 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:

Capturing the distinctive characteristics of our unique terroir, our 2008 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 an excellent match to rich, creamy foods such as soft cheeses and chicken dishes with heavier sauces.

Located among the ragged outcroppings of the Gavilan Mountains, perched approximately 1,700 feet above the Salinas Valley, our estate vineyard is extreme wine country. At this elevation, the grapes experience wide diurnal temperature swings, which can vary by as much as 45 degrees in one day. Limited rainfall and the shallow limestone soils give little assistance to the vines, resulting in beneficial stress that produces low yields of intense, flavorful grapes. This unique terroir and microclimate impart a distinctive mineral character and compelling richness to our Estate Chardonnay.

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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.