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.
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.