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2014 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay

2014 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay

92 Points - Wine Spectator
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Expressive fruit aromas of yellow apple and lemon curd, with classic oak expression of toasted hazelnut, vanilla custard and crème brûlée. More elegant and cool climate style, showing varietal intensity and minerality.

Ratings
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast. 92 Points - Wine Spectator. "Strikes a balance between rich, spicy oak and an intense core of fruit, echoing pear, apple and melon flavors. Maintains equilibrium, ending with creamy, vanilla-scented oak notes. Drink now. 15,909 cases made".—J.L.
Awards
Gold Medal Hilton Head Food & Wine Festival, March 2017; Gold Medal Winner, Sunset International Wine Competition, June 2017
Winemaker Notes
Our 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a beautiful medium golden color. This wine displays expressive fruit aromas of yellow apple and lemon curd, along with classic oak expression notes of toasted hazelnut, vanilla custard and crème brûlée. The flavor on the palate is more elegant and cool climate style, showing varietal intensity and minerality, but with extended notes of baked yellow apples and peach cobbler. The fruit shows a rich, textural body from barrel fermentation, but is reigned in by good acidity and lemon zest.
Food Pairing Notes
This rich and elegant Chardonnay can be enjoyed with your favorite holiday appetizers.
Composition
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Chalk Hill
Harvest Date
September 10 - October 7, 2014
Sugar
23.9° Avg Brix at harvest
Acid
5.2 g/L
pH
3.65
Aging
Barrel fermented with sur lie aging. 10 months in in Hungarian, French, and American oak (32% new)
Fermentation
regular bâtonnage; 100% malolactic fermentation
Bottling Date
August 2015
Alcohol %
14.9
Wine Spectator
92
Wine Enthusiast
90
Production Notes
2014 was a pretty normal vintage (temperature-wise) than we’ve had in a long time! It was a mild winter with little rainfall. Spring was normal with a good set in early to mid-May. June and July were warm and dry; with August being warmer compared to previous years. Thus, cluster sizes increased, but not alarmingly so. September was again mild and allowed us to harvest clean, ripe fruit between September 10th and October 7th. Barrel fermentation and aging in Hungarian, French, and American oak (32% new), full ML, lees contact and regular stirring provided additional richness and complexity to this Chardonnay.
Vineyard Notes
Since its founding, Chalk Hill has been producing artisan wines from our Estate vineyards in the hills of northeastern Sonoma County. For four decades we have studied, prodded and coaxed our complex terroir to ensure that our Estate wines deliver vivid aromatics, commanding flavors, great character and regional accuracy. While our 300+ acres of vineyards surrounding the winery will always be the cornerstone of our identity, starting with the 2011 vintage, in addition to our Estate Chardonnay, we started producing our first Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. This 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay comes from extraordinary vineyards throughout Sonoma County consisting primarily of Foley Family estate vineyards. Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay features fruit from some of the best sites in Carneros, Chalk Hill, lower Sonoma Valley and the Alexander Valley. The fruit coming from the Chalk Hill AVA provides richness, concentration, viscosity and nuttiness, while the Carneros AVA delivers structure and notes of apple and pear.

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