(From 2013 Vintage) This vintage’s perfectly ripened grapes gave our 2013 Chalone Estate Pinot Noir its vivid fruit character—reminiscent of wild cherry and blueberry—with fragrant hints of rose petal, hibiscus flower and mountain sage. Enticing undertones of earth and mineral come from old vines rooted in Chalone Vineyard’s limestone terroir. Integrated spices from French oak barrels add even more complexity, while the silky tannins and balanced acidity provide graceful structure.
(From 2012 Vintage) Opulent currant and black cherry aromas are accentuated by a light earthiness, like a pine forest after rain. The same fruit elements in the powerful flavors mingle with smokey oak and vanilla notes, and build to a long, sweet finish. Big, harmonious, complex and graceful, this is delicious Pinot Noir with a promising future. Try it with moderately spicy Thai or Cajun dishes, smoked salmon and don’t forget mild cheese.