2014 Gavilan Chalone Estate Chardonnay, Chalone AVA
With the vineyard above the marine layer, abundant sun exposure translates to ripe flavors in this stunning Chardonnay. This 2014 Gavilan Chardonnay dazzles with bright, fruit-focused layers of apricot, mango and peach infused with hints of vanilla from the French oak barrels. Rich stone fruit and butterscotch flavors are followed by a lingering mineral finish.
Food Pairing Notes
This stunner of a wine pairs beautifully with soft cheeses and shellfish, such as oysters, crab and prawns.
99% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Blanc
August 18 to September 12, 2014
6 month in French oak, 15% new
Our Gavilan wines take their name from Monterey County’s magnificent Gavilan Mountain Range. We harvest the grapes for our Gavilan Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Chalone appellation, which lies on one of the range’s wild, isolated mountain plateaus. ‘Gavilán’ means ‘sparrow hawk’ in Spanish; hawks, condors and mountain lions are among our vineyard’s wild residents. Our Gavilan wines show fruity, approachable character primarily from younger vines, while our cellar-worthy Chalone Estate wines are sourced from older vines. Gavilan wines are created primarily from young vines grafted to specific Chardonnay Dijon clones that produce fruity, approachable wines. The wine’s crisp, balanced acidity comes from the diurnal temperature swings (warm days and cold nights) and cool winds found in the Chalone AVA, while the ripe flavors are the result of the intense sunshine. A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer in 2014 following the drought 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. The Chardonnay vines ripened their clusters slowly and evenly through the sunny days and brilliantly clear, cool nights. The grapes were harvested from August 18 to September 12, 2014.