2017 Chalone Vineyard Reserve Estate Chardonnay, Chalone AVA
Our 2017 Reserve Chardonnay is delight for the senses with flavors and aromas of nectarine, green pear, butterscotch and a flinty minerality.
9 months in 1 year old French oak
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.
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 240 cases produced.