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2015 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill AVA

2015 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill AVA

93 points - Wine Spectator
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This prime vintage expresses aromas of lemon, orange blossom and a hint of vanilla bean from the oak influence. Balanced, complex and full flavors. Known for its long, rich and elegant finish.


As of January, 2018, there have been only 236 people to have ever received the title of Master Sommelier since the first exam was held in the United Kingdom in 1969. The Foley Food & Wine Society was fortunate enough to follow along as two of them got together over lunch to enjoy Branzino Livornese (view recipe) paired with 2015 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay.

 

Lots of spice, apricot, fig and honeydew melon flavors combine for a full-bodied, mouth-coating experience, with a finish that sails on and on, gaining depth. Drink now through 2022.—J.L.
Ratings
93 Points - Wine Spectator. 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast.
Winemaker Notes
2015 was another prime vintage with moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer. Our 2015 Estate Chardonnay expresses aromas of lemon, orange blossom and a hint of vanilla bean from the oak influence. Balanced, complex and full flavors of lemon oil, orange zest, and crème brûlée follow on the palate. Our Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception.
Composition
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Chalk Hill
Harvest Date
August 30 - September 20, 2015
Sugar
24.9° Avg Brix at harvest
Acid
5.5 g/L
pH
3.65
Aging
11 months; 100% French oak, 48% new
Fermentation
100% native yeast fermentation in barrel; 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
Bottling Date
August 2016
Alcohol %
14.90
Wine Spectator
93
Wine Enthusiast
90
Connoisseurs' Guide
92
Wine Advocate
90
Production Notes
THE CHALK HILL 2015 ESTATE CHARDONNAY captures the vibrant, complex and classic character of our estate-grown grapes. We are dedicated to making exceptional Chardonnay, and no detail is overlooked. In the vineyard, focused planting of the ideal clone on each vineyard block, managing yields for optimum ripeness and balance, and the work of a dedicated crew are among the keys to our success. Chardonnay is a winemaker’s grape, molded into its most interesting self by native yeast fermentation and aging in carefully chosen French oak barrels and frequent lees stirring. It is a labor-intensive wine, but the rewards are most certainly worth the hard work and attention.