2018 Chalone Vineyard Hidden Barrel Estate Cuveé, Chalone AVA
Our 2018 Hidden Barrel Cuveé is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah from our estate vineyard. It offers aromas and flavors of anise, blackberry and plum with an earthy undetone of wet rock and graphite.
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.
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
14 months in French oak, 33% new
Chalone estate vineyard is planted between 1,650 and 1,800 feet of elevation, on top of the Gavilan Mountains on the eastern side of the Salinas Valley. We hand harvested the Grenache from the Strip block of the Chalone vineyard and the Syrah from our 18 acre parcel which is divided divided into three sections: Tower, Strip and Macwood, where the vines are grafted to three different Syrah clones for flavor complexity.
213 Cases Produced