2014 Chalk Hill Carol Ann Chardonnay
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Each Chardonnay barrel is unique, from variations in the barrels themselves to the particular native yeast population that ferments the juice in that barrel. When blending our club Chardonnays, we choose the specific barrels that best show off the characteristics of that vineyard. The 2014 Carol Ann Chardonnay displays aromas of honeydew melon, star fruit, rose petals and honeysuckle. The palate enchants the senses with fresh flavors of pineapple, nectarine, melon and a hint of ginger snap for a long, pleasant finish.
September 11, 2014
24.4° Avg Brix at harvest
15 months; 100% French oak, 46% new
100% native yeast fermentation in barrel 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
January 21, 2016
CHALK HILL ESTATE has a long history experimenting with Chardonnay, both in the vineyard and the winery. One of the great things about an estate is the ability to take the time to do things carefully and thoughtfully. Each Chardonnay block here is planted with the ideal clone and rootstock, the result of years of learning what works best where. This Chardonnay is composed of Clone 809 which is from Dijon, France, and is also known as a musque clone. This is an aromatic Chardonnay that is made in the vineyard, requiring little winemaking intervention. Native yeast fermentation in carefully chosen barrels enhances the natural perfume of this clone.