Club Newsletter

Summer 2021

Tasting Room Update

Summer is upon us and our team is gearing up for warmer weather, longer days and a fantastic growing season. Whether you’re firing up the grill or bringing your favorite Chamisal Pinot Noir or Chardonnay on an adventure, we hope you’re enjoying each day and the extended daylight that summer brings.

Our social landscape is changing rapidly and while we can’t determine what the future may hold, we are excited for more opportunities to engage with our members. Currently, our tasting room is open by reservation only for outdoor Estate Patio Tastings and curbside pickup. We look forward to your next visit and sharing the new releases of 2019 Califa Pinot Noir and 2019 Califa Chardonnay with you.

Chamisal Vineyards is proud to announce a new partnership with WSL PURE in support of a new campaign called We Are One Ocean. The goal of the campaign is to collect 1 million signatures in support of a petition urging world leaders to protect and conserve at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030. We’d like to invite you to sign and share this initiative with anyone who shares in our commitment to protecting our one, invaluable ocean. You can learn more and sign the petition on our website at

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Summer 2021 Release Wines

Califa Chardonnay

2019 Califa Chardonnay

Classic, Rare Release and Premier Clubs

Our 2019 Califa Chardonnay opens with notes of kumquat, yuzu and burnt sugar on the nose. On the palate, the wine has a rich and full body that’s balanced by bright and focused acidity. Notes of vanilla custard and Meyer lemon suffuse the palate and linger through the wine’s long finish. Pair with seared scallops in brown butter, creamy pasta dishes or bloomy rind cheeses.

Winemaker Notes: Our Califa Chardonnay
is sourced from our “premier cru” blocks for
Chardonnay—planted on rockier soils that
reduce vigor in the vines thereby creating
intensity while retaining freshness
and elegance.
Now through 2024

Califa Pinot Noir

2019 Califa Pinot Noir

Classic, Rare Release and Premier Clubs

The 2019 Califa Pinot Noir leaps from the glass with an incredibly intense and expressive nose, redolent of ripe blackberries, bay leaf, graham cracker crust and strawberry preserves. The bright fruit notes carry through to the palate, framed by structured tannins and a rich, intense mouthfeel balanced by juicy acidity. Pair with roast duck breast, mushroom risotto or a washed-rind cheese like Taleggio.

Winemaker Notes: “Califa” is the name we have bestowed on the blocks we consider to be our “premier cru” sections of our vineyard — defined as sites where we have an optimal combination of soil, clonal selections, and terroir. For our Califa Pinot Noir, these blocks feature sandy and calcareous soil types.
Now through 2028

Chamise Chardonnay

2018 Chamise Chardonnay

Rare Release and Premier Clubs only

Our 2018 Chamise Chardonnay unfurls from the glass with notes of lemon marmalade, butterscotch and fresh white flowers. On the palate, the wine features fresh notes of citrus, crème brûlée and a luxurious yet lithe mouthfeel that gets a lift from the wine’s inherently vibrant acidity. Pair with lobster in a truffle cream sauce, salt-roasted seabass or triple-cream cheeses.

Winemaker Notes: Chamise is our flagship Chardonnay that we began making in 2008 with a single barrel. It still remains a very small lot, typically from a single block in our Estate Vineyard. Chamise is the culmination of 50 years’ worth of work to bring together the best clones, microclimates and winemaking to create a truly great Chardonnay.
Now through 2024

Vineyard Update

Our 2021 growing season is off to a great start. Mother Nature brought us around eight inches of rain at the end of January, after an otherwise relatively dry winter. Our viticulture team has been busy actively planting and managing cover crops and shoot thinning.

One of the many ways in which we farm sustainably is by the use of cover crops. Cover crops are the plants, grasses, legumes, etc. that you see between vineyard rows. Our team uses a mixture of legumes, oats and radishes throughout the vineyard to add nutrients, organic matter, improve water infiltration and reduce compaction. Sustainable farming practices are important to us and while this requires more time and effort from our team, it is better for our environment, our community and our wine.

We are very excited for this growing season and for what summer has in store for us. Our Chamisal family, or ‘Chamily’ as our team has fondly nicknamed us, is especially excited to have, new this year, our very own full-time vineyard team led by Winemaker and General Manager Fintan du Fresne and Assistant Vineyard Manager Christian Rodriguez. Cheers to a spectacular growing season and harvest ahead!

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