Grapes were sourced entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon planted at our Paris Valley Ranch estate vineyard, located in the San Lucas AVA.
Cabernet Sauvignon develops ripe flavors and velvety tannins in the sunny rolling hills of inland Monterey County, away from the bay’s cold marine winds.
All of the wine was barrel aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels to marry the flavors and add hints of vanilla and spice.
|Perched high on the western slopes of the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California’s Salinas Valley, Chalone Vineyard represents a singular convergence of terroir and winemaking. Here thin, well-drained limestone-based soils combine with a sunny, wind-cooled microclimate and limited rainfall to produce fruit of unique richness and character that demonstrate this vineyard’s typicity. Originally planted in 1919, the vineyard’s ability to yield benchmark Chardonnay was discovered when Chalone Wine Group cofounder Dick Graff made his first vintage here in 1966. The time-honored Burgundian techniques he introduced complement the fruit’s inimitable character to create the full bouquet and hedonistic flavors that are Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay’s hallmarks.