2017 Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Musque, Chalone AVA
This 100% Chardonnay Musqué dances on the palate with an initial touch of minerality followed by layers of juicy fruit flavors. Expressive aromatics of Bosch pear, nectarine and a hint of luscious peach emerge from the glass. This refreshing quaffer finishes with delightful notes of orange zest.
100% Chardonnay Musqué
4 months in French oak, neutral
The 2017 vintage yielded an average amount of rainfall overall, however approaching harvest we experienced incredible heat spikes with temperatures above 110°F for more than two weeks. A sudden temperature increase during this critical time makes for a swift harvest as sugar levels spike resulting in the entire vineyard ripening simultaneously. All of these factors amounted to a very condensed harvest, similar to the year prior.
Chardonnay Musque is named such due to its especially aromatic qualities. This clone expresses delightful perfumed notes, a distinctive quality from any other type of Chardonnay. Our vineyard manager came across an especially expressive single Chardonnay vine in our vineyard and decided to graft it over to two other vines, resulting in three vines. The next year he grafted enough to result in eighteen vines of this intriguing varietal. Today we have an entire 1.7-acre parcel in our MacWood Block, as a result of grafting from one single vine.