Chalone Vineyard: A Monterey Classic
Monterey County's Chalone Vineyard has one of the most colorful histories of any California winery, and it produces some of the state's most unique, terroir-driven wines. Julia Child reputedly proclaimed Chalone the first non-French wine she ever liked. We recently visited Chalone and tasted the 2009 bottlings with one of its founders, Phil Woodward [pictured here with Editor, Don Winkler] and current winemaker, Robert Cook. The wines reflect Chalone's unique terroir—high altitude (1900'), very low rainfall, and thin soils of limestone and decomposed granite. Our Tasting Notes are reported below.
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