2015 Chalone Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Chalone AVA
Our 2015 Estate Chardonnay opens with a delicate bouquet of lemon, nectarine and a warm toastiness. The palate is complex, finessed and balanced with flavors of orange zest, apricot and a hint of vanilla. The age of the vineyards coupled with the limestone terroir delivers exceptional complexity and minerality unique to the Chalone AVA.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this Chardonnay with creamy lobster mac and cheese topped with crunchy, golden bread crumbs.
August 13 – September 9, 2015.
10 months of barrel aging. Fermentation in French oak barrels, 15% new
0.76% residual sugar
The 2015 vintage was early, light and of exceptional quality. The season kicked off with moderate temperatures in spring leading into warm summer days. Cool evenings influenced by coastal breezes optimized ripeness, and the lack of rainfall highlighted mineral flavors signature of the Chalone AVA. We harvested the fruit from August 13 – September 9, 2015.
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 portion 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 age of our vines gives our Chardonnay wines their intense flavors, quality and aging potential.