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2001 Estate-Grown Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir

WINE OF THE WEEK

July 09, 2003|S. Irene Virbila

Chalone has a long track record of making interesting, affordable wines from grapes grown in their vineyard high in the Gavilan Mountain Range in Monterey County. The soil there is laced with limestone, a situation much sought after by winemakers because it's a characteristic of some of the world's best vineyards.

Chalone's 2001 estate-grown Pinot Noir is one of the best they've made in years. Supple and lithe, it has a soft perfume of earth and berries, and carries some of that earth in its taste. Somewhat French in style, it's a beautiful food wine, which should drink well with main courses from Copper River salmon or a roast chicken to summer's barbecue. A delicious bottle for the price.

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Region: Monterey County

Price: About $19.99

Style: Supple and youthful

Food it goes with: Grilled salmon, roast chicken, barbecue

Where you find it: Available at fine wine shops and retailers

--S. Irene Virbila

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