Wine Spectator 92
Lush and rich, with spicy mardarin orange, mango and dried pineapple flavors set on a sleek,
juicy frame. Complex and harmonious.
Wine Enthusiast 90
A portion of this wine was fermented in French oak, while the other half in stainless-steel drums. It is grassy and herbal at first, settling into flavors of lemon rind, melon and pea shoot. The palate is rich and rounded, with buzzy acidity brightening the background.
by Wine Enthusiast, VB, 2019.
2017 began with heavy rains in winter, which reinvigorated the vineyards going into bud break. The region had sunny days throughout the spring and summer, and a heat spike in August which propelled the harvest schedule. Our 2017 Estate Sauvignon Blanc boasts bright, tropical aromas of grapefruit, lime blossom, passionfruit and plumeria flower. The palate is crisp and refreshing with flavors of nectar, grapefruit zest, honeydew melon and lime juice. It finishes with a rich texture and mouthwatering minerality. This versatile wine pairs well with anything from fresh salads and sautéed vegetables to grilled seafood and pasta or enjoy as an aperitif.
Fermentation and Barrel
Barrel fermentation with native and cultured yeast; bi-weekly bâtonnage for three months no malolactic fermentation
Cooperage: : 65% french oak, 14% new, 35% stainless steel drums
Barrel Aging: 7 months
Harvest Dates: August 30 - September 14, 2017
Average Yields: 2.5 tons/acre
Average Brix at Harvest: 24.1 degrees
Our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc captures the exotic, vibrant and complex fruit character of our estate-grown grapes. The vineyards are ideally situated to take advantage of soil changes, different aspects, and exposures to sun and wind. Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Musqué add layers of flavor and interest to the blend. In the winery, we preserve the distinctive aromatics of the grapes by minimizing exposure to air and fermenting with native and cultured yeast in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak. Aging on the lees with regular stirring bring all the elements together, giving us a complete and harmonious wine.
Blend: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Sauvignon Gris, 3% Sauvignon Musqué, 3% Semillon
Bottling Date: June 2018
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On a spring day in 1972, while piloting his plane over the Russian River, Chalk Hill's founder, Fred Furth, caught his first view of a natural amphitheatre carved into the hills of eastern Sonoma. His intuition told him the land had the potential to support a world-class vineyard. A subsequent tour confirmed that the spectacular property indeed had the climate and soils to grow luxury-class wine grapes.
Chalk Hill, Russian River Valley, CA. The Chalk Hill wines are all Estate grown, bottled and produced on the 1277 acre Chalk Hill Estate with 280 acres grown to vine. The incredible diversity of terroir coupled with a site driven philosophy and meticulous attention to detail allow Chalk Hill to create world-class wines of power and elegance. The vineyard has several clones of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet on the Estate along with a variety of soil types all within the single estate which makes it a place where both Burgundian and Bordeaux varietals can be grown.