We evaluation just about every thing Chalk Hill places out, so it could appear redundant to take a go to to this prized winemaker in particular person. However on a heat summer time day earlier than Covid masks necessities have been about to start once more, I couldn’t think about a extra bucolic and nice technique to spend a few hours than right here within the hills of Sonoma, California.
Chalk Hill graciously poured my group the wines in its Reserve Tasting plus a number of shock extras from its library. Transient ideas on every thing tasted observe. (Costs mirror bottle costs when bought on the vineyard.)
2020 Chalk Hill North Slope Pinot Gris – Fairly and calmly floral, simply correctly. Lemon and lime pop properly on the in any other case light and quiet palate, simply correctly. B+ / $40
2019 Chalk Hill Sauvignon Gris – A uncommon bottling of 100% sauvignon gris, this beautiful tropical bomb is a pleasant technique to begin the day, that includes ample lime, pineapple, and a slug of vanilla to spherical issues out. Someway it stays dry, not candy, on the end. A / $40
2019 Chalk Hill Property Chardonnay – A classically well-oaked wine, filled with vanilla and apple notes, fading to pears over time and displaying some acidity on the end. Daring and creamy, it’s considered one of Chalk Hill’s extra simple bottlings, nevertheless it’s by no means in need of a delight. A- / $45
2019 Chalk Hill Wright Creek Chardonnay – Fairly oaky, however balanced by a tropical kick, ample acidity, and a lime-focused end, this takes the Property chardonnay and plumps it up with a bolder, extra soulful character. (For extra ideas on Chalk Hill’s single block chardonnays, see this post.) A / $NA
2016 Chalk Hill Syrah – Wholly atypical of syrah, this considerably older classic wine is a perfumed, raspberry-focused bottling that lacks the heavy tannin and beefiness typical of the varietal. Lingering chocolate notes proceed to point out an uncommon sweetness. B+ / $65
2017 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – Fairly approachable in the present day, filled with cherries, currants, and a lick of chocolate, giving it a reasonably traditional however not overly tannic construction. Spicy and ripe, with a prolonged, soothing end. A- / $90
2017 Chalk Hill Clara’s Winery – A mix of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 15% petit verdot, and 5% syrah. Nice acidity right here, with a vigorous mixture of strawberry and blended florals. Gentle on its struggle and supple on the end. A- / $85
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