2015 Chalone Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir, Chalone AVA
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Our 2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir is composed of the very best barrels of the 2015 vintage and is available in very limited quantities. Expressive aromas of raspberry pie complemented by notes of brown sugar and a hint of minerality are what you an expect in this elegant and refined 100% Pinot Noir.
100% Pinot Noir
August 11 – September 2, 2015.
12 months of barrel aging, 50% 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.
Only 243 cases produced