: Chalone AVA

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Chalone’s reputation was made by the winery of the same name set high in the Gavilan mountains, on the east side of Monterey’s Salinas valley, notably with Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Although Chalone looks directly down to the Arroyo Seco AVA, it remains worlds apart in climate (being above the fog) and soils, which for Chalone are crystal laden and calcareous.