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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Chalone Monterey County Pinot Noir 2011
Chalone Monterey County Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 120957)

PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $24.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant aromas of ripe black cherries, sun-warmed roses and spices lead to the silky, bright flavors of this Pinot Noir. Hints of tobacco from terroir and smoky incense from Hungarian and French oak barrels add complexity. Fine tannins and balanced acidity frame the red-berry flavors midpalate and then enliven the vibrant finish.

This smooth, easy-to-love wine marries with a broad range of foods, including grilled salmon or ahi tuna, herb-roasted chicken or pork loin, and lamb or beef kabobs with succulent mushrooms.

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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.