Chalone Pinot Blanc 2003

Pinot Blanc from Central Coast, California

Item No. 80903
  • white wine

Winemaker's Notes

Our Pinot Blanc was whole-cluster pressed with no crushing or de-stemming of the grapes. Picking occurred on two consecutive days and the wine was 85 percent cold fermented in stainless steel tanks and 15 percent barrel fermented. We aged the wine for 10 months in French oak barrels to enhance the finish. We've found that leaving the wine on the lees adds the signature hazelnut character typical of Chalone white wines and builds mouthfeel and finish. The result is a wine with intense fruit aromas of peaches, pears and hints of mango and citrus.

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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...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc(pee-no blahnk) Pretty and Simple A mutation of the Pinot family, Pinot Blanc was once commonly mistaken for Chardonnay - it looks quite similar on the vine. But true Pinot Blanc lacks most Chardonnay characteristics. The grape is most at home in Alsace, where it is used both in blends as well as a sole varietal. It's also found in Italy...

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