2017 Chalk Hill Estate Red
2017 Chalk Hill Estate Red Hints at the aromas and flavors with its alluring dark red color with purple highlights. Warm cherry pie, molasses and aromatic cloves fill the glass. Hints of vanilla and oak mingle in the background. On the palate, bright cherry, oriental spice and subtle baking spices elegantly express the depth and complexity of the Sonoma Coast AVA. This wine offers a juicy and full bodied mouthfeel that leads into a finish of soft tannins accented by sweet vanilla oak.
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot
The 2016 vintage produced fruit of exceptional quality and concentration. Spring temperatures were moderate with fruit set in early to mid-May. The summer months were warm and dry allowing for even ripening and balanced flavors. August and September continued the trend of warmer temperatures compared to the 2015 vintage, with harvest occurring from September through October. The wine was barrel fermented and aged for 12 months in French and American oak (20% new). The unique blend of varietals adds a rich depth and complexity to this elegant red blend.
Perhaps no other winery captures the casual luxury of Sonoma County better than Chalk Hill Estate. Founded nearly four decades ago, this spectacular 1300-acre property features 300 acres of vineyards, wilderness areas, winery, hospitality center, culinary garden, residence, stables, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds, and guest houses.
The winery’s vineyards are thoughtfully woven through the native foliage and contoured to fit the intricate terrain. More than two-thirds of the Chalk Hill Estate remains uncultivated. The higher elevations offer stunning views of the Russian River Valley to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east.