Chalone Vineyard: A Monterey Classic

Phil Woodward and Don Winkler

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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