2018 Chalone Vineyard Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Chalone AVA
The 2018 Reserve embodies everything you’d desire from a Pinot Noir. Dark chocolate, blackberry, wild mushroom and a hint of clove are seamlessly integrated from nose through palate. 10 months in 75% new French oak imparted a full mouthfeel and lovely texture to the wine.
100% Pinot Noir
10 months in French Oak, 75% 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 Grown Reserve 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 MacWood 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.