2016 Chalone Vineyard Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Chalone AVA
91 Points - Wine & Spirits
Our reserve, limited production Chardonnay over delivers in aroma and flavor. Light golden in color, it opens with a fragrant bouquet of citrus, stone and pear. The palate offers abundant layers of orange zest, tangerine and hints of toasty oak in the background. A vibrant acidity and distinct minerality extends elegance and liveliness throughout.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this wine with a parmesan and asparagus risotto.
August 31 – September 6, 2016
8 months of barrel aging. Fermented and aged in one year old French oak barrels
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 the Strip and Pinnacles House blocks of our oldest, highest-quality vineyards. Our Chardonnay vineyards were 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.
Only 158 Cases produced