2020 Chalone Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Musqué, Chalone AVA
Bright with acidity that supports mouthwatering flavors of Meyer lemon, nectarine and white peach. The lingering minerality accented by floral aromas provides a vibrant and satisfying finish.
“Chalone isn’t a label; it’s a place on earth.” The wines speak to the limestone and decomposed granite soils that are specific to this wild, isolated mountain plateau in Monterey County. The low-nutrient soils make the vines struggle and give the wines unique minerality; the diurnal temperature swings and cool winds retain acidity; the intense sunshine builds flavors and tannin structure; and the age of our vines enhances the wines’ concentration, complexity, and ageability.
100% Chardonnay Musqué
100% Stainless steel
A cool spring and mild summer temperatures extended the 2020 growing season in the Central Coast, allowing the fruit to develop beautiful concentration of flavor. Both the timing of harvest as well as the yields were average compared to prior years.
Chardonnay Musque is named such due to its especially aromatic qualities. This clone expresses delightful perfumed notes, a distinctive quality from any other type of Chardonnay. Our vineyard manager came across an especially expressive single Chardonnay vine in our vineyard and decided to graft it over to two other vines, resulting in three vines. The next year he grafted enough to result in eighteen vines of this intriguing varietal. Today we have an entire 1.7-acre parcel in our MacWood Block, as a result of grafting from one single vine.
78 Cases Produced