Chalone Pinot Blanc
This wine combines two different vintages: 2014 & 2016. We think we've discovered something here with this wine and are willing to release it as a non-vintage as a result.
Winemaking Notes This wine combines two different vintages: 2014 & 2016, which makes this a “Non-vintage” blend. 2.04 tons were harvested on September 5, 2014; .9655 tons on September 1, 2016. We pressed the whole clusters, chilled the juice quickly and let it settle for a short period of time before racking to used barrels, small stainless steel tanks and new Radoux puncheons for fermentation. The 2014 wine aged for 1 year in cooperage (both new and old) then was racked to a stainless steel tank for aging another year. The 2016 wine was fermented in puncheons then racked and blended with the 2014. Once blended it was filtered then bottled on January 31, 2017. You might be wondering why 2015 isn’t included in this? We had hoped to get some fruit that year but the drought had a huge effect on this vineyard -- probably more than any we source from in Monterey County -- so there was virtually no crop of this varietal that year.
The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Antle Vineyard (aka Pinnaclacitos Chalone), which was originally planted by Dick Graff in 1989. This historic vineyard is a pleasure to behold: it sits in a protected southwest-facing dell overlooking the Salinas Valley. Gnarly old vines surrounded by the striking rock outcroppings of the Pinnacles area makes for a tremendous scene that reminds one of days gone by in California. In a nutshell, it has been a pleasure and privilege to work with a piece of history!