2019 Calera Monterey County Pinot Noir Chalone Vineyard
Like our own Mt. Harlan estate vineyards, Chalone Vineyard’s renowned Pinot Noir vines are planted in limestone-rich soils at soaring elevations reaching heights of 1,800 feet.
Crafted using grapes from 20-year-old vines, this dynamic wine offers velvety tannins, lush flavors of blueberry and briary strawberry and a sophisticated undercurrent of minerality.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Grown at elevations reaching 1,800 feet, the famed Chalone Vineyard has produced an elegant cool-climate Pinot Noir with beautiful aromas of ripe red cherry, cranberry, currant and sweet sage. The vibrant red berry and briar patch layers continue on the palate where silky tannins and an undercurrent of bright acidity add poise and length to a long, supple finish.
After a cool, wet start to the season, summer brought near-perfect weather to the Central Coast, with warm, sunny days and cool nights. This weather continued into autumn, ensuring abundant hangtime. We were able to harvest all of our vineyards exactly when we wished, resulting in vibrant white wines with lovely tension and depth, and beautifully aromatic reds with age-worthy structures, dynamic fresh-fruit flavors and elegant underlying complexity.
100% French oak 30% new, 70% neutral 15 months in barrel
Indigenous yeast, open top fermentation