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2014 Chalone Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

2014 Chalone Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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Luscious aromas of apricot, citrus and cantaloupe. Fruit-expressive with dazzling impressions of nectarine, orange zest and walnut followed by a toasted oak finish. Complex minerality, bright acidity and opulent texture.

Ratings
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast. 90 Points - Wine Spectator. "A snappy style, featuring hints of snow pea to the green apple, pear and gooseberry flavors. Firm midpalate, with a pure-tasting finish that lingers with anise and quince details. Drink now through 2021." 90 Points - Wine & Spirits. "Warm and spicy, this has a clean, fragrant red-apple flavor that lasts. It's firm, powerfully ripe chardonnay, distinctive for its tacky crunch of small berries - a result of the warm, dry growing conditions on Chalone's granitic plateau."
Awards
Wine of the Week - Press Democrat - July 2017. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/7124725-181/wine-of-the-week-chalone
Winemaker Notes
Our 2014 Estate Chardonnay flaunts luscious aromas of apricot, citrus and cantaloupe. The palate is fruit-expressive with dazzling impressions of nectarine, orange zest and walnut followed by a toasted oak finish. As the flavors fan out across the palate they reveal the complex minerality, bright acidity and opulent texture that are the signatures of Chalone’s limestone terroir.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this beauty with seared scallops or a lemon orzo salad.
Composition
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Chalone AVA
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.29
Aging
9 months of barrel aging. Fermentation in French oak barrels, 20% new
Residual Sugar
0.24%
Alcohol %
14.20
Wine Spectator
90
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine & Spirits
90
Production Notes
A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer in 2014 following the drought patterns of prior years. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Due to the warm weather it was a very condensed harvest, grapes came into the winery a couple weeks early.
Vineyard Notes
We sourced this Chardonnay from our oldest, highest-quality vineyards, with half of the grapes coming from our estate vineyards planted in 1971, 1972 and 1973. An additional 20 percent came from an outstanding 1985 planting, which Richard Boer grafted using budwood taken from vines planted in 1946 on the estate. These MacWood heritage selections yield tiny berries that contribute intensity and structure to the wine. The age of our vines gives our Chardonnay wines their intense flavors, quality, and aging potential.

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