2015 Chalone Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, Chalone AVA
92 Points & Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
Our 2015 Estate Pinot Noir is composed of 100% estate vineyard fruit. The inviting aromas of ripe cherry, blueberry and baking spices are well defined. The dynamic palate shows a beautiful balance of bright raspberry and plum complemented by notes of root beer and nutmeg. A wet stone minerality neatly ties up all these elements on the lingering finish.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine is a perfect match with spice-rubbed beef tenderloin or mushroom risotto.
100% Pinot Noir
August 11 – September 2, 2015
12 months of barrel aging, 30% new French oak barrels
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 11 – September 2, 2015.
The thin, limestone-rich soils of Chalone Vineyard produce low yields of grapes bursting with rich, intense flavors and impeccable balance. Year after year, our Estate Pinot Noir exemplifies the impeccable structure and flavor complexity imparted by old vines budded to heritage clones; and, the 2015 vintage is no different. This Pinot Noir hails from the Vista and Reservoir blocks of our estate vineyards. 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.