2014 Dirty and Rowdy Pinot Noir. Chalone Clone. Antle Vineyard. Chalone AVA.
4 yrs ago, I consumed a 1978 Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir while camping under the stars just below this this hill. It was one of the most beautiful CA wines I have ever tasted. Earth, rock, savory, chaparral- Deep. Spiritually moving. Coyotes, shooting stars, the entire universe inside and outside the glass.
While the Chalone winery has long been sold off to other owners, these 25yr old vines from cuttings off the early plantings at Chalone Vineyard,sit adjacent to the Chalone property on the Antle Vineyard. They grow in similar soils- a kaleidiscopic mix of limestone, sandstone, decomposed granite, quartz, clay, and volcanic.
We began sourcing Mourvèdre from the Antle vineyard in 2013, and it is a special wine. When the opportunity came to take some of their older plantings of Chalone Clone Pinot Noir, it was a no brainer. Pinot Noir is a different animal than our beloved Mourvèdre, but this is about site, soil, and a long-shot chance to chase the dragon deep into the universe.
Reservations can be made for any seating time via openTable
photo via Chef Tim Malloy
Native prise de mousse trials for our traditional method Pinot Blanc. The yeast was captured from our fermenting pet nat Pinot Blanc. Might as well go all out the hard way.
Here Comes Sunshine! Our ‘13 Alder Springs Chardonnay racked from egg to barrel to finish primary fermentation in the awesome CA sun.
"A little bit harder, just a little bit more, a little bit further than you gone before…every time that wheel goes round, bound to cover just a little more ground" ‘13 D&R Semillon (at corner of plump and juicy)
Hard at work finalizing our Spring Release tasting notes. Offer drops this weekend.
Spring at Antle Vineyard in Chalone AVA