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Way back in 1972, when Chalk Hill founder Fred Furth flew his plane over what is now the Chalk Hill Winery and Vineyards, he knew that he was looking at a winemaker's paradise. This natural amphitheater, carved into the hills of eastern Sonoma, seemed full of promise - and a second, closer look at the property revealed varied soils, sun exposures and micro-climates that were just perfect for grape cultivation. The deal was done, the winery was established and history was made. Furth's vision of matching grapes to site and crafting a variety of terroir-driven wines was soon realized. Now owned by the Foley family, Chalk Hill Estate has legions of fans and continues to produce award-winning wines that receive countless high ratings from the press.
Today’s Chardonnay is sourced from the estate’s vineyards in Sonoma’s Chalk Hill AVA, which is known for its volcanic soil of chalky white ash. The wine is 100% barrel fermented with native yeasts. Malolactic fermentation is fully carried out with bi-weekly bâtonnage (stirring of the lees) for 5 months. It is subsequently aged for 11 months in 100% French oak, 44% of which is new. It displays aromas of lemon, zested orange peel and a hint of toasted marshmallow. It is balanced and full, with concentrated flavors of lemon oil followed by rich and creamy minerality. Known for its long, rich and elegant finish, this vintage is no exception. (winery tasting notes)
92 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine:
Courtney Foley oversees winemaking at Chalk Hill, the 1,300-acre estate her father, Bill Foley, purchased in 2010. 117 of those acres are devoted to Chardonnay, rooted in the layer of chalk-white volcanic ash that gives the estate and the surrounding appellation its name. Foley produced a brisk and spicy 2017, its dense aromas of peach fuzz, flowers and baked apple rich and tight enough to handle the toasty oak tannins. There’s cool earthiness running through it, balancing the wine’s warmth and lengthening the fruit savor. Serve this cellar temperature, as a rich aperitif or with Dungeness crab. (10/19)
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“The 2017 Chardonnay Estate opens with notes of toast, cream, lemon pith and hay over a core of Red Delicious apple and banana chips. The medium-bodied palate is rounded and creamy with toasty spice and honey notions, finishing long and lifted with juicy acidity.” (12/19/19)
91 points, Wine Spectator:
”Intense and well-structured, with flavors of Bosc pear, Fuji apple and ruby grapefruit, supported by firm acidity. Dried savory herb notes linger on the fresh, pure-tasting finish. Drink now through 2023.” (5/31/20)
Producer Name: Chalk Hill Winery
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Chalk Hill
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Chardonnay
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body White
Winemaker: Courtney Foley
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Burgundy style half bottles
Closure Style: Stelvin Closure
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