2015 Chalk Hill Chairman's Club Carmenère, Chalk Hill AVA
Mainly found in Chile today, this unique varietal originated in Bordeaux, France and is a rare find in the U.S. Our 2015 Carménère offers irresistible aromas blackberry, cherry liquor, black olive, anise, and dried thyme on the nose. Its soft, plush tannins frame the juicy flavors of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla and dried herbs for a full-flavored finish.
96% Carménère, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
October 20, 2015
24.7˚ Avg Brix at harvest
20 months; 100% French oak, 81% new
Stainless steel fermentation with pumpovers 100% malolactic fermentation with bâtonnage
Our estate west vineyard is a spectacular site with a warm south-facing slope perfect for growing red Bordeaux varieties. The rocky, porous volcanic soil challenges the vines. Yields are low, and the grapes are incredibly dark and flavorful. Cabernet Sauvignon thrives here. Our two acres of Carménère were originally planted as an experiment, but it has become a key player in some of our blends. In fact, this wine is composed of 96% Carménère with the balance being Cabernet Sauvignon.