It is crazy that vineyards were ever planted in Chalone in the first place. The AVA is located high up in the Gavalon Mountains, far from either civilization or water, and right next to Pinnacles National Park.
The Brosseau family first bought land in Chalone in 1978 and planted the vineyard in 1980. Their old vines are some of the most sought after fruit in the state. The distinct blend of decomposed granite and limestone soils give the wines from Brosseau one of the most distinct and identifiable signatures of any vineyard in California. Tiny yields, even on young vines, bring an intensity of flavor, minerality, and acidity and produce wines that are age worthy and complex.