Chalone believes that finding sites that resemble the traditional French sites for a varietal will allow for the highest expression of deliciousness. All the wines from Chalone Vineyard are made from their own 100-percent-estate-grown fruit in limited production.
The Chalone Vineyard Merlot from Monterey County is a rich, soft Merlot; full of flavor and very approachable. Fresh, spicy aromas of berry and clove are followed by luscious flavors of dark cherry, accentuated by the soft vanilla character of the oak. Full-bodied with nicely balanced acidity, a velvety mouthfeel and medium-long finish, the Monterey Merlot is a complex, full-flavored wine. While it's ready to drink upon release, this Merlot will age well for several years.