2018 Chalone Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Chalone AVA
Our 2018 Estate Chardonnay is crisp and refreshing with a beautiful golden hue. It opens up with nuances of stone fruit, wet rock and a hint of oak. Our Burgundian style Chardonnay boasts a unique minerality and exceptional complexity derived from mature vineyards coupled with ancient limestone that runs through the Chalone AVA.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this Chardonnay with creamy lobster mac and cheese topped with crunchy, golden bread crumbs.
August 27 – September 10, 2018
8 months in French oak barrels, 12% new
2018 was highlighted by its moderate growing season and average rainfall, resulting in grapes with extra hangtime and wonderfully ripe flavors. Yields were slightly up due to the cooperative weather during the flowering stage. We harvested the fruit for this wine from August 27 – September 10, 2018.
We sourced this Chardonnay from our oldest, highest-quality vineyards, with half of the grapes coming from our estate vineyards 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.