2017 Chalone Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, Chalone AVA
Our 2017 Estate Pinot Noir is bright ruby red in color and known for its layered flavors and complexity. It opens with juicy raspberry pie and plum notes balanced out by hints of forest floor and mountain sage on the finish. A unique minerality neatly ties up all of these elements as a result of mature vineyards and ancient limestone soils that run through the Chalone AVA.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this wine with herb encrusted lamb or creamy mushroom risotto.
100% Pinot Noir
August 23 – September 2, 2017
10 months of barrel aging, 42% new French oak barrels
With an average amount of rainfall, the vintage was highlighted by an incredible heat spike. We saw temperatures above 110'F for over two weeks during the ripening season. This made for a quick harvest as the entire vineyard ripened at once. We harvested the fruit for this wine from August 23 – September 2, 2017.
The thin, limestone-rich soils of Chalone Vineyard produce low yields of grapes bursting with rich, intense flavors and impeccable balance. Year after year, our Estate Pinot Noir exemplifies the impeccable structure and flavor complexity imparted by old vines budded to heritage clones; and, the 2017 vintage is no different. This Pinot Noir hails from the Vista and Reservoir blocks of our estate vineyards. The name of the Chalone American Viticultural Area (AVA), like that of the winery, comes from the name of a tribe of Native Americans who once inhabited this isolated area.