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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Chalone Monterey County Pinot Noir 2008
Chalone Monterey County Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 99106)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant heirloom roses, ripe black cherries and a touch of tobacco invite the senses into this approachable and enjoyable Pinot Noir. The red fruit brightens across the palate, picking up raspberry and spice. Soft and silky through the middle, the wine crescendos on the finish, leaving a vibrant, juicy memory in the mouth—an excellent match to wild mushroom flatbread drizzled with a touch of truffle oil.

To focus the vibrant flavors, we picked the fruit in the cool hours of the morning, when flavors were in perfect balance. We immediately crushed the grapes and placed them in stainless steel for a long fermentation at low temperatures. Eight months in European oak barrels knit together the bright fruit elements and imparted nuances of spice.

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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.