Chalone Vineyard Chalone
This is the original estate founded by the late Richard Graff who went on to establish the Chalone Wine Group. The Group has now been sold to Diageo and interests include ACACIA, Provenance, ROSENBLUM CELLARS, and BEAULIEU VINEYARDS among others in California, Monte Xanic in the California Baja in Mexico and a partnership with Domaines Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA in Château Duhart-Milon in Bordeaux. The Chalone white wines are intense, subtle and slowdeveloping; the Chardonnay Heritage is particularly fine, the Chenin Blanc a benchmark for the variety in California. In part this is helped by the vineyard’s location 520m (1,700ft) above the Salinas Valley close to the Pinnacles National Monument. Indeed the estate possesses its own AVA. The Pinot Noir by contrast with the whites has often disappointed in recent vintages. Estate Syrah and Grenache have now been added to the Pinot and Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are also made. Time will tell how the wines develop under their current ownership. (DM)
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