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Chalk Hill Estate Winery
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The quest for quality is the basis for all winemaking decisions on the Chalk Hill Estate. The vineyardists coax Mother Nature to create perfect fruit that, once harvested, is delivered to the winery with only the most delicate touches. In the winery, the Winemaker and his dedicated staff gently shepherd the grapes through the fermentation process to the bottle. With an estate-wide, shared aesthetic, the process is light-handed, non-invasive, and sustainable, allowing each bottle to emulate the essence of the vineyard.
Healdsburg, CA
Phone: 707-838-4306
Website: http://www.chalkhill.com
Appellation: Chalk Hill
Tasting Room: By appointment Monday through Friday 10 am to 3 pm. $10 per person. For reservations please call our tasting room at (707) 657-4837
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Pinot Gris
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2004 North Slope Pinot Gris
Sonoma

Suggestive of the Vendange Tardive ("late pick") wines of Alsace, Pinot Gris at Chalk Hill thrives on the coolest, north-facing slopes which foster long hang times and optimum ripe ... moreness.

Barrel fermented, but following Alsatian convention, in neutral oak, the wine is complex and concentrated, but without any introduced oak flavors to confound Pinot Gris’ inherent fruit aroma, already evocative of wood. Malolactic fermentations are suppressed to avoid compromising the wine’s bright acidity.

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Chardonnay
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2005 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley

At Chalk Hill, extreme selection of grapes and attention to nature direct the production of our Estate Bottled Chardonnay. A bountiful Chardonnay crop in 2005 was thinned to create ... more balanced vines, and a cool growing season preserved fresh acidity and vibrant fruit character in the grapes. The resulting wine exhibits aromas of ripe stone fruit—apricot, peach and pear—along with tropical notes of deliciously ripe banana and pineapple. Brown spices such as clove, nutmeg and hazelnut frame the intense fruit. Lush and rich tropical flavors abound in its multi-textured and viscous palate.

$40.00  
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Chardonnay
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1999 Chardonnay
Chalk Hill

A classic Indian Summer at Chalk Hill brought our Chardonnay to full ripeness in late September, and picking conditions remained ideal through October. Each vineyard component was ... morevinified lot-by-lot and barrel-by-barrel until composed in a final blend in the summer of 2000. This Chardonnay features the mineral, citrus, floral and tropical fruit notes characteristic of the estate while also displaying the rich, creamy textures, the elegance, and the fabulous length and structure of the best Burgundies.

$42.00  
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Chardonnay
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2005 Founder's Block Chardonnay
Sonoma County

FIRST PLANTED IN 1974, our original Founder’s Block of Chardonnay has bestowed us with incredibly low yields of correspondingly concentrated fruit. The 2005 Founder’s Block Chardon ... morenay has effusive stone fruit aromas of apricot and fig that build on the floral, spice, and hazelnut. The wine unfolds with rich aromas of golden apple, honeysuckle, nutmeg and mineral flavors— all adding mouth-filling texture and holding aloft clean, citrus notes that weave through to the lingering finish.

$90.00  
Chardonnay
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2002 Estate Vineyard Selection Chardonnay
Chalk Hill

The original Founder’s Block, planted in 1974, offers incredibly low yields of extremely concentrated fruit. By careful barrel-by-barrel selection, only eighteen barrels of the ric ... morehest, most opulent wine were chosen for this premier blend. Effusive stone fruit aromas of apricot and fig build on the floral, spice, and hazelnut notes. The wine unfolds with rich layers of golden apple, honeysuckle, nutmeg and mineral flavors— all adding texture and holding aloft clean, citrus notes that weave through to the lingering finish. The structure and firm acid balance indicates cellar worthiness.

$90.00  
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Sauvignon Blanc
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2006 Sauvignon Blanc
Russian River Valley

Rich and lively, Chalk Hill’s 2006 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a wide array of flavors that evolve with every taste. As it warms to ambient temperature in your glass, aromas abound – ... morehoneysuckle, floral, tropical, pear, vanilla, peach, pineapple – leading to a round penetrating and lengthy palate. Intense flavors of lychee, mango, peaches, spice and melon add substance to the aromas. An experience in itself, this wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif to any occasion or served alongside a myriad of Asian-inspired dishes and fresh salads.

$28.00  
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Pinot Gris
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2005 North Slope Pinot Gris
Sonoma County

Chalk Hill's limited production Pinot Gris is unique from the vine to bottle. Chalk Hill's 2005 North Slope Pinot Gris is all about texture. With its velvety, mouth-coating flavors ... more of spiced pears, golden delicious apples and toasty hazelnuts along with a ripe acidity, this is a food-lovers wine that compliments a wide variety of cuisines.

$40.00  
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Cabernet Sauvignon
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2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County

Perfectly ripe bunches are the result of our rigorous and labor-intensive process of hand leaf-thinning, allowing both air and sunlight into the “fruiting zone” which stimulates ri ... morepening of flavors and provides soft, ripe tannins. We grow our Cabernet Sauvignon in hillside vineyard blocks atop well-drained volcanic soils. Low yields are our goal, requiring multiple thinning passes.The rich and expansive texture, bolstered by the ripe, velvety tannins, creates a lush mouthfeel and indicates cellar worthiness. It is neither fined nor filtered. Try to 2004 Chalk Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with pan seared beef tenderloin served with sautéed pea shoots, baby carrots and blue cheese sauce.

$60.00  
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Merlot
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2005 Merlot
Sonoma County

At Chalk Hill, we take the growing and production of our Merlot seriously. We respect Merlot’s vigorous tendencies in the vineyard and create an atmosphere in which the variety wil ... morel yield optimum ripeness and richness.The 2005 Chalk Hill Merlot contains 21% Malbec, which contributes blue fruit and flesh to the wine’s suppleness and structure. The intense purple wine lends aromas of bramble, berries, exotic spices, tobacco, molasses, and floral notes of violets and lavender. Ripe tannins encase mouth-filling, round flavors of anise, plum, blackberry and brown spice.

$45.00  
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Merlot
CAW Rating: 82
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1999 Adele’s Vineyard Merlot
Chalk Hill

The 1999 Adele’s Vineyard Merlot harmonized in barrel for twenty months; aging occurred in French oak (85% new) from the very best coopers. Bottling happened without fining or filt ... moreration, a practice consistent with Chalk Hill Estate’s winemaking philosophies. The 1999 Adele’s Vineyard Merlot exhibits an opaque purple color along with pure, intense aromas of black currant, mocha, and spice, with hints of lavender. The opulent, full-bodied texture is layered with rich flavors of blackberries, cassis and earth. 479 cases produced.

$100.00  
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Sauvignon Gris
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2006 Chairman's Club Sauvignon Gris
Russian River Valley

With origins from Bordeaux, Sauvignon Gris is a clone of Sauvignon blanc and grown at few vineyards in Bordeaux and Chile. Being leaders in Sauvignon blanc winegrowing and clonal r ... moreesearch, we planted Sauvignon gris in 1995 and are likely the only producers in California. This rare and exciting grape is a wonderful blending tool for our Estate Sauvignon blanc, offering richness and ripe stone fruit character. In 2006, our Sauvignon gris yielded an extraordinarily complex and unique wine, perfect for our Chairman’s Club. The wine combines hazelnut and sweet oak with tropical fruit, finishing with a burst of mango, guava and lychee.

$40.00  
Cabernet Sauvignon
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2005 Chairman’s Club Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère
Sonoma County

Very limited in production, the 2005 Chairman’s Club Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère is a marriage of two Bordeaux varieties which captures Chalk Hill Estate’s unique personality and ... moreterroir. The Carmenère is grown on a tiny, low vigor site with extremely rocky soils, perfect to harness its vigorous tendency. Hand-harvested at a mere one-half ton per acre, the Carmenère was co-fermented on skins with a low-yielding Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Deep, dark aromas of black plum and cassis accompany graphite and exotic asian spices. This age-worthy cuvee is opulent in texture, with blackberry fruit, black olive and tobacco flavors. The lingering finish is reminiscent of dark chocolate and mocha, pairing deliciously with roasted meat dishes and artisan cheeses.

$85.00  
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Semillon
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2005 Chairman's Club Semillon
Russian River Valley

After nearly a decade of not harvesting a botrytis Semillon, late in the 2005 vintage, perfect botrytis conditions developed in our Semillon vineyards. Sipping this wine brings to ... moremind liquid ambrosia, with its ripe, honeyed flavors of pear, persimmon and apricot interlaced with brown sugar, spice and creme caramel.

$100.00  
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Cabernet Sauvignon
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2005 Chairman's Club Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec
Sonoma County

Densely layered in dark berry fruits, the 2005 Chairman’s Club Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec is deliciously fragrant and lush. Bottled specifically for our Chairman’s Club, this wine i ... mores a special selection of ten of the very best Cabernet and Malbec barrels from the 2005 vintage, grown on the Estate’s most prized west-facing gravelly hilldside sites. To be enjoyed with leg of lamb or alongside an elegant cut of beef, the flavors are seamless and voluminous- juicy black fruits and brown spices linger on the palate alongside velvety tannins. Within its opulence, this wine portrays an elegance and complexity that speak of Chalk Hill’s unique growing conditions.

$85.00  
Bordeaux
CAW Rating: 98
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2003 Furth
Sonoma County

Bold and rare - describes the wine and the man. Furth, the wine, is the pinnacle red wine from the Chalk Hill Estate; a wine that speaks in a booming voice of its terroir. Its big ... moreflavors are assembled from old-vine blocks of Bordeaux varietals that have the personality and panache to personify Fred Furth's vision of "the best that my home estate can produce."



Produced only in exceptional years, and in minute quantities, no expense is spared in its creation. Starting with intensive care in the vineyards- handcrafting in the winery, special cooperage, extended barrel age, even its sturdy, eponymous bottle- all are steps in the creative process designed to focus the fruit into a broad, expansive, weighty wine worthy of the name.


$400.00  

Updated on August 2, 2007

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Chalk Hill Estate Winery at http://www.chalkhill.com or calling 707-838-4306 to verify the winery's location.

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