Chalone (AVA)
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Chalone enjoys one of the finest expressions of terroir anywhere. Distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have earned the wines of Chalone cult status. High in the Gabilan Mountains, straddling the borders of Monterey and San Benito counties, this small appellation is characterized by distinctive limestone and decomposed granite soil. This unique soil combines with an arid climate to stress the vines, concentrating the flavor and mineral character of the legendary wines. Situated above the fog line, this AVA, with less than 300 acres under vine, enjoys high daytime summer temperatures, but low nighttime readings, preserving grape acidity and balance. This rugged terrain near Pinnacle National Monument is the setting for one of California’s viticultural splendors.

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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 29 wines labeled with the Chalone designation.

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Michaud Vineyard and Winery 2001 Pinot Noir - Estate A Pinot combining red fruit aromas and flavors with notes of subtle wild herbs, spice and crushed rock, mineral-like terroir quality.
buy wine $35.00

Michaud Vineyard and Winery 2003 Chardonnay - Estate An exceptionally flavorful Chardonnay with vibrant fruit aromas and flavors such as peach, nectarine, apricot and apple.
buy wine $38.00

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