Chalone Merlot is sourced entirely from our Paris Valley Ranch estate vineyard. This vineyard, located in the rolling hills of the San Lucas American Viticultural Area (AVA) of southern Monterey County, has excellent soils and the right balance of warm sunny days and cool nights to develop Merlot’s full spectrum of lush dark-fruit and spice flavors. We night harvest the grapes to fully capture their vibrant flavors and acidity.
|Perched high on the western slopes of the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California’s Salinas Valley, Chalone Vineyard represents a singular convergence of terroir and winemaking. Here thin, well-drained limestone-based soils combine with a sunny, wind-cooled microclimate and limited rainfall to produce fruit of unique richness and character that demonstrate this vineyard’s typicity. Originally planted in 1919, the vineyard’s ability to yield benchmark Chardonnay was discovered when Chalone Wine Group cofounder Dick Graff made his first vintage here in 1966. The time-honored Burgundian techniques he introduced complement the fruit’s inimitable character to create the full bouquet and hedonistic flavors that are Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay’s hallmarks.