The Monterey Vineyard Description
The grapes for The Monterey Vineyards wines come from vineyards located in the northern most area in the region’s long valley, which begins in Monterey Bay and runs southeastward down the California coast. Cool Pacific Ocean winds make the northern part of the valley perfect for elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Diverse soils and a long growing season contribute to these wines’ ripe, complex flavors and impeccable balance.
There’s a sensual quality to Pinot Noir, not only in its beguiling aromas and flavors, but also in its silkiness as it flows across the palate. Our Pinot Noir developed its complex expression of ripe black cherry, sun-warmed rose, tobacco leaf and spice in cool-climate vineyards near Monterey Bay. Mocha and vanilla aromas, from French oak, add complexity. Supple, fine-grained tannins and balanced acidity frame the red-berry flavors mid-palate and then enliven the vibrant finish. Enjoy how the wine’s aromas and flavors become unveiled and transform as you swirl and sip the wine through the meal.
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Perched in the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California's Salinas Valley, this rugged vineyard sits at the base of an extinct volcano bordering the Pinnacles National Park. Chalone Vineyard is one of the few wineries in the U.S. growing grapes in limestone-based soils, the same as in Burgundy. The spare, well-drained ground, limited rainfall, and low crop levels attracted Dick Graff, who wanted to make top-flight Burgundian-styled Chardonnay. Graff made his first vintage under the Chalone Vineyard label in 1966, producing what became a benchmark for California Chardonnay.
Today, we continue to focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We also produce limited amounts of Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Syrah. All of our estate wines are grown and bottled at the estate, meaning we control everything from vine to bottle.