2018 Chalone Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, Chalone AVA
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Our 2018 Estate Pinot Noir reveals a symphony of aromas and flavors. Raspberry pie, sweet spice, forest floor and plum are complemented by toasted oak and graphite.
100% Pinot Noir
10 months in French oak, 60% new
The 2018 vintage was highlighted by its moderate growing season and average rainfall, resulting in grapes with extra hang time. Cooperative weather during the flowering stage increased fruit yields and created crisp refreshing wines with wonderfully ripe flavors.
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 2018 vintage is no different. This Pinot Noir hails from the Vista and Upper 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.