2016 Chalone Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Chalone AVA
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
In the glass, our 2016 Estate Chardonnay is a beautiful golden hue. It opens up with nuances of Bosch pear, a hint of refreshing tangerine and a warm toasty crème brulée finish. Our Burgundian style Chardonnay boasts a unique minerality and exceptional complexity derived from mature vineyards coupled with ancient limestone that runs through the Chalone AVA.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this Chardonnay with creamy lobster mac and cheese topped with crunchy, golden bread crumbs.
August 31 – September 6, 2016
10 months of barrel aging fermentation in French oak barrels, 20% new
Wine & Spirits
After several years of drought, the 2016 vintage started out with an average amount of rainfall (about 13 inches) in winter. Weather remained cooperative throughout budbreak and bloom resulting in a good set and even ripening. Ample sunshine during the summer months delivered ideal grapes full of flavor. We harvested the fruit for this wine from August 31 – September 6, 2016.
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.