Calaveras County, Sierra Foothills

The vineyard of Chatom Winery is nestled in the breathtaking Esmeralda Valley of the Sierra Foothills in Calaveras County. The valley was originally planted with low field crops, fruits and nut trees. When Gay Callan, owner and native San Franciscan, purchased the property in 1980, her vision was to plant a vineyard. Her first varietals were then planted in 1981, totaling 21 acres of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Today, the vineyard boasts 13 varietals planted on 65 acres, including Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese and 5 Portuguese varietals. The Esmeralda Valley’s warm days and cool evenings create the perfect climate for cultivating premium selections planted in the vineyard. The variable soils, from clay and sandy loam to shallow, rocky strata, have all proven to produce award-winning grapes for Chatom Vineyards, as well as other select California wineries. The new owner as of August 2015, Dorian Faught, a long time Calaveras County resident and business owner along with management team Matt and Sewell Hatcher, owners of Hatcher Winery, are thrilled with the opportunity to continue the Chatom legacy. As always, the primary focus will be to make the very best wines that we can.  Matt will be working with wine maker Jason Lewis, who has been part of the Chatom crew for four years now, to continue making award winning wine. Shelftalkers  Winery Website 
cv-sblancSauvignon Blanc
Light, tropical tones open up into a broad honeydew melon and citrus aroma. These notes resonate on the palate with added touches of jasmine and orange blossom. This wine has a fresh, crisp acidity and pleasing aromatics with a long, lingering finish.
Light tropical tones open up into a broad citrus and apricot aroma. Hints of melon and honey on the palette. This elegant wine finishes with subtle tones of vanilla, almond and spice.
Warm aromas of pear, baked apple and honey greet you on the nose. These notes resonate on the palate with added dimensions of crisp melon, ripe pear, vanilla and soft oak tones. Fresh and crisp in the mouth with well-balanced acidity and lingering, fruitful finish.
Beautiful aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and spice burst from this especially bright wine. The palate is treated to juicy fruit tones that are rounded out by rich flavors of nutmeg, pepper and a hint of coffee. Enjoy a long, well-balanced finish with soft tannins and a touch of anise.
cv-cabCabernet Sauvignon
Elegant aromas of black currant, plum and toasted almonds. On the palate, complex and full bodies tannins support rich flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate and a kiss of tobacco. Well balanced oak tones are followed by a long finish that leaves a lingering taste of dark, ripe fruit.
Dark crimson in color with a ruby rim, this elegant wine has toasted oak tones that open up into spiced aromas of blackberries and vanilla. Clove and coffee resonate into a lingering finish.