I always stive to find the best wine at the lowest price to use and serve as our house wine at the chateau.  Our current favorite is a pinot noir from California, the first ever served regularly at the chateau as a “house wine’ from outside of France. 

Chime is a winery that creates single appellation expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. All of the wines were skillfully grown, vinified, aged, and bottled to bring out the most of these appellations. These wines from Chime engage our senses with nuances and complexities.  The Chardonnay is not our favorite and is oaky, typically Californian, and less balanced when compared to the French styles of Chardonnay.  But the Chime Pinot Noir (Sonoma County from the Willamette Valley, not the Anderson Valley variety) is the California State Fair Wine Competition 2011 winner and one of our all time favorites for a house red, at an affordable price.

The Chime Sonoma Pinot Noir shows a dense bright purple color as well as a nose packed with cherry kirsch, white pepper spice, fresh tilled earth, and subtle vanilla wood aromas. The mouth feel is plump and loaded with savory fruit;  finishing with an expansive luscious mouth feel. *91 Points –  Editor’s Choice* – 2009 Vintage – Wine Enthusiast July 2011.