2015 Chalone Vineyard Estate Pinot Blanc, Chalone AVA
This 2015 Pinot Blanc is filled with bright flavors and captivating minerality. Stunning aromas of lemon-lime and floral emerge at the first pour. The palate is initially greeted with citrus followed by evolving flavors of wet rock, cantaloupe and peach. Its impressive concentration is softened by a balanced acidity and lingering toasted oak on the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with Orecchiette pasta tossed with grilled asparagus and a creamy garlic and herb sauce.
100% Pinot Blanc
August 26, 2015
4 months of barrel aging in 100% neutral French oak
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 on August 26, 2015.
The thin, limestone-rich soils of Chalone Vineyard produce low yields of grapes bursting with rich, intense flavors and impeccable balance. This wine comes from a 12-acre Pinot Blanc vineyard, called Puesta Vineyard that we planted in 1991, using budwood taken from a spectacular 1946 planting on our mountain estate. The name of the Chalone American Viticultural Area (AVA), like that of the winery, comes from the name of a tribe of Native Americans who once inhabited this isolated area.