2021 Chalone Vineyard Estate Chenin Blanc, Chalone AVA
A delicate straw color in the glass, aromas of honeysuckle, lemon meringue, honeydew melon and pear greet the nose. These fresh qualities follow through on the palate, with a thick and luxurious mouthfeel, and a lingering texture.
Originally planted in 1919, this wine captures both the terroir and long history of Chalone Vineyards. Our 100% Chenin Blanc is a delightful blend of fresh squeezed orange juice and ripe cantaloupe with a wet stone minerality.
100% Chenin Blanc
Chalone Vineyard experienced a compressed harvest in 2021, following a cool, long growing season with a few phases of strong heat days, and typical low rainfall accumulation that placed some stress on the vines. These conditions yielded fruit with lower acid levels, increased pH’s, and optimal phenolic ripeness. Harvest started at the end of August and ended in the first week of October, with most of the blocks ready to pick at the same time.
This wine captures both the terroir and the long history of Chalone Vineyard. The 3.79-acre Chenin Blanc vineyard was hand planted by Lucien Charles Tamm, who recognized this remote, mountainous site as having similar limestone soils to those in his native France.