2019 Chardonnay | Chalone
Sometimes we Chardonnay drinkers just want pure, uncluttered varietal character rather than an abundance of toasted oak and loads of stirred lees. To put it bluntly, we want the fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit. To that end, in 2019 we produced 132 cases of unoaked Chardonnay from a small vineyard high above the Salinas Valley in the Chalone AVA. We fermented and aged the wine in stainless steel tanks, rather than the usual French oak barrels. The result is a bright, floral, aromatic Chardonnay with overtones of citrus, green apples and pear, with hints of slate and stone. It is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long, satisfying finish. The stunning fruit is the star of the show and the outcome is pure deliciousness.