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Chalone Pinot Noir Chalone Gavilan 2013


Product Description

90WS - "Strikingly rich and complex, with a dense core of dark berry, black licorice, earth and cedar flavors that hold their own, easing up on the finish." - Wine Spectator, 90 points!

"A beautifully balanced, fruit-focused wine with luscious wild child, cranberry, rose petal and sweet dried-spice notes, with inherent cinnamon and high-mountain sage expression." - Winery

100% Pinot Noir

We selected the grapes for our 2013 Gavilan Pinot Noir from vines that yield delicious, fruity wines, but without the highly structured tannins we desire for our top-tier, long-aging Chalone Estate wines. Our Pinot Noir vines are planted on a plateau at 1,650 to 1,800 feet of elevation, with nutrient-poor limestone soils similar to those found in Burgundy and very low annual rainfall. The grapes for this wine were selected primarily from vines grafted to Dijon Pinot Noir clones that contribute bright, supple fruit character.

Perched in the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California's Salinas Valley, this rugged vineyard sits at the base of an extinct volcano bordering the Pinnacles National Park. Chalone Vineyard is one ofthe few wineries in the U.S. growing grapes in limestone-based soils, the same as in Burgundy. The spare, well-drained ground, limited rainfall and low crop levels attracted Dick Graff, who wanted to make top-flight Burgundian-styled Chardonnay. Graff made his first vintage under the Chalone Vineyard label in 1966, producing what became a benchmark for California Chardonnay. Today, we continue to focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We also produce limited amounts of Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Syrah. All of our estate wines are grown and bottled at the estate, meaning we control everything from vine to bottle.

Region: Monterey County, California
Rating: 90WS
Type: Red
Grape: Pinot Noir
Current Stock: 19

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