The first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley appellation in 1973, Chamisal nestles five miles inland against the Santa Lucia Mountains, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, on the rugged California Coast. Part of an original Spanish land grant, this historic 80-acre property- formerly operating under the name of Domaine Alfred- is planted mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a few acres of Syrah, Grenache, and Pinot Gris. The vines thrive in the dry rocky terrain, as does the fragrant Chamise, a native white-flowered shrub that inspired the name of the property.
The Edna Valley appellation, with its unique geography, possesses a near perfect combination of soil type and climate for wine grapes. With the cooling Pacific Ocean nearby, the long temperate growing season extends the amount of time a grape stays on the vine to develop its flavors. This hang time paired with the calcerous, clay-rich soil on the property produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors, often showing a distinctive character that some fondly call "Chamisal Spice."
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Reminiscent of a Cru Beaujolais, this wine bursts with aromas of bright cherry, candy apple and rose petal. The palate displays a similar array of clean cranberry and strawberry fruit, and the finish is juicy and fresh. more
This vintage boasts an aromatic mix of lush tropical fruits and ripe red delicious apples, paired with hints of springtime flowers and a clean minerality. The palate belies the Stainless winemaking, rich with ripe pineapple and white peach characters and a long, full mid palate with a clean,... more
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This wine exhibits classic varietal characteristics with aromas of ripe pineapple, fresh Gala apples, pear and candied lemon. The palate has a weight that belies its unoaked status with a rich entry of fresh citrus fruit that leads into secondary aromas of fig and mineral. Finishing clean and crisp... more
The wine boasts an expressive nose dominated by cranberry, raspberries and red plum, with ample underlying varietal notes of ripe stems, warm spice and earth. Bright red fruit flavors define the palate with fresh acidity, a seamless structure and a lifted strawberry character from the whole cluster... more
Exploding with fresh, crisp fruit, the nose combines tropical pineapple, mango and banana with citrus notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit--a testament to the diversity of vineyard sources. The palate bursts with a medly of fruit, driven by the crisp Fuji apple character and underlying minerality... more
Grapes for this wine came from several sustainably farmed vineyards on the Central Coast, the majority from a terrace high above the Salinas River in Monterey County where east-facing exposure and air flow produces lush, tropical flavors. We also sourced Wente Chardonnay from rocky, south-facing... more
Encompassing nine different clones, our 2008 Pinot Noir represents the unique terroir and quality of our estate vineyard. Intense aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry are intertwined with notes of cedar, bramble spice and dark chocolate that lead straight into a generous palate that echoes the... more
Our complex 2007 Pinot Noir captures the unique terroir and quality of our estate vineyard by melding
nine different clones of this varietal. The nose flaunts intense aromas of black cherry and dark berry with hints of tangerine zest
and savory spice, accented by the singular Chamisal Spice note... more