2016 Chalone Vineyard Grenache, Chalone AVA
92 Points - Wine Spectator
Our 2016 Grenache is an intriguing blend of plum, cedar, rose petal and tobacco with a wet rock minerality. 100% malolactic status.
October 3, 2016
9 months of barrel aging, 30% new French oak
After several years of drought, 2016 delivered a typical Central Coast weather pattern with approximately 13 inches of rainfall and a beautiful, sunny summer. The result was good set, even ripening, and grapes packed full of flavor. Fruit was harvested October 3.
Chalone estate vineyard is planted between 1,650 and 1,800 feet of elevation, on top of the Gavilan Mountains on the eastern side of the Salinas Valley. We hand harvested the Grenache from the MacWood block, totaling 1.7 acres, which was planted in 1999 and grafted to St. George rootstock. Grenache is widely grown in France’s Rhône Valley and in Spain, where it is vinified both as rosé and red wines. At Chalone, we take advantage of both styles.
Only 304 cases produced.