(2011 Vintage) To protect our unique mountain-plateau site, we farm it as naturally as possible. We believe that the key to both organic and sustainable farming is the number of footprints in the vineyard, and our wine quality reflects this constant care. This wine comes from a 12-acre Pinot Blanc vineyard that we planted in 1991, using budwood taken from a spectacular 1946 planting on our mountain estate. The thin, limestone-rich soils produce low yields of grapes bursting with rich, intense flavors and impeccable balance. The name of the Chalone American Viticultural Area (AVA), like that of the winery, comes from the name of a tribe of Native Americans who once inhabited this isolated area.
Wine Advocate(2002 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Wine Spectator(2002 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/04
Wine Enthusiast(1998 Vintage)