2007 Chalone Estate Edna Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1048981

92 points and one of the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009: "Exhibits a complex mix of subtle pear, mineral, pleasant earthy notes and floral scents. Tight and full-bodied, ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2012." (06/09) If the name Chalone sounds familiar, it's because they've been around for along time, a fantastic producer who has led the way for many Central Coast producers. Chalone has seen its ups and downs, but the last couple of vintages have show they're back on track - the quality has skyrocketed. The 2007 Chardonnay is a medium-bodied wine that shows great balance of pear and apple fruit along with hints of minerality, creme brulee and apricot. This is not your run-of the-mill Central Coast Chardonnay, but an affordable wine to savor. (Mike Jordan, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2009  | Send Email
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One of the most famed and consistent producers of Central Coast Chardonnay, Chalone has once again fashioned an outstanding and affordable Chardonnay in 2007. Chalone was one of the first wineries to realize the vast potential of the Central Coast to grow both world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. The first vintage to be produced under the Chalone label was in 1966 and from that humble beginning the name Chalone has become synonymous with Central Coast Chardonnay. The 2007 Chalone Chardonnay is a great example of what heights this region is capable of reaching with a wine that has vibrant nose of honey, acacia flowers and racy tropical fruit aromas. On the palate, this wine displays admirable balance and weight with gorgeous fruit, racy minerality and a honeyed richness that makes this wine irresistible. If you're looking for a knock-out Chardonnay for under $20 then this is the wine for you.
Drink from 2009 to 2016

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.