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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Chalone Estate Pinot Noir 2000
Chalone Estate Pinot Noir 2000
(search item no. 47214)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $30.05

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our limestone soil produces Pinot Noir of exceptional character and depth. After vinification, which includes fermenting varying percentages of whole clusters, the wine is pressed into French barrels for aging. The sweetness of ripe berries, the delicate aroma of violets, and a subtle earthiness, intermingle on the palate, presaging the rewards of long-term bottle aging.
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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.