2014 Chalone Judgement of Paris 40th Anniversay Reserve Chardonnay, Chalone AVA
Our 2014 Judgement of Paris 40th Anniversary Chardonnay opens with aromas and flavors of apricot, nectarine, fresh orange zest, walnut, and toasty oak reminiscent of buttered toast. The deliciously fruit-expressive flavors fan out across the palate and reveal the complex minerality, bright acidity and opulent texture that are the signatures of Chalone’s limestone terroir.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this wonderful wine with a delicious triple crème brie or a light grilled shrimp salad in a citrus vinaigrette.
9 months of barrel aging. Fermentation in 20% New French oak barrels
A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer in 2014 following the draught patterns of prior years. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Due to the warm weather it was a very condensed harvest, grapes came into the winery a couple weeks early.
We sourced this Chardonnay from our oldest, highest-quality vineyards, with half of the grapes coming from our estate vineyards planted in 1971, 1972 and 1973. An additional 20 percent came from an outstanding 1985 planting, which Richard Boer grafted using budwood taken from vines planted in 1946 on the estate. These MacWood heritage selections yield tiny berries that contribute intensity and structure to the wine. The oldest Chardonnay vines in this blend were planted in 1919. The age of our vines gives our Chardonnay wines their intense flavors, quality, and aging potential.