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2016 Chalone Vineyard Estate Grenache, Chalone AVA

2016 Chalone Vineyard Estate Grenache, Chalone AVA

92 Points - Wine Spectator
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SKU: 080768

Lush dark boysenberry fruit and a firm tannin structure. This fruit forward wine expresses floral notes of violets and anise followed by a touch of minerality and a dark chocolate finish.

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92 Points - Wine Spectator. "Sleek and elegantly spirited, with cherry blossom, smoked pepper and cinnamon flavors that dance lightly on a long finish. Drink now through 2024. 304 cases made." –TF

Winemaker Notes

Our 2016 Grenache is an intriguing blend of plum, cedar, rose petal and tobacco with a wet rock minerality. 100% malolactic status.


100% Grenache

Wine Specs

Chalone AVA
Harvest Date
October 3, 2016
6.2 g/L
9 months of barrel aging, 30% new French oak
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Spectator

Production Notes

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.

Vineyard Notes

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.
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