2018 Seabold Old Vine Pinot Blanc
100% certified organic Pinot Blanc from the Rodnick Farm Vineyard. Established in the 1970s, this was the personal home and vineyard for legendary pioneer Dick Graff during his winemaking tenure at Chalone. The gnarly head-trained bush vines planted to limestone and granite soils produce dense, glycerol, concentrated wines while still displaying a restrained sense of balance and structure. Fermented and aged in neutral barrique.
Tasting Notes: Blanched almond, dried lemon peel, aged Parmigiano-Reggiano. A broad, rich, glycerol mouthfeel with surprisingly fresh acidity.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast. "It's always a joy to taste the old vines of Chalone, and this botling captures their unique qualities, starting with aromas of apple syrup, hazelnut and toasted pecan. The palate offers almond, Meyer lemon and a creamy oak flavor that lingers on the tongue for a long time - all very unique elements."
91 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "The 2018 Pinot Blanc Rodnick Farm Old Vines gives aromas of spiced applesauce, quince paste, honeyed almonds, button mushrooms and dried hay with a white peach core and streak of floral perfume. Medium to full-bodied, it offers explosive, savory flavor layers with a rounded, weighty texture and just enough juicy freshness on the long, textured finish."