2016 Chalk Hill Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
91 Points - Wine Advocate
Our 2016 Estate Pinot Noir opens with aromas of wild strawberries, juniper berries and dark chocolate. Soft tannins and a silky texture greet the palate with notes of sweet red berries and cola with a hint of vanilla. Balanced acidity and a smooth, lingering finish will leave you wanting another sip.
100% Pinot Noir
September 2 - 10, 2016
24.5° Avg. Brix at harvest
10 months; 100% French oak, 39% new
Monthly bâtonnage for three months
July 12, 2017
The 2016 growing season began with an earlier than average bud break and fruit set followed by moderate temperatures in spring and summer. This allowed for even ripening, and balanced flavors.
The Chalk Hill Estate is located at the convergence of a number of diverse climates, soils and terrains in the northeastern hills of Sonoma County. The Chalk Hill AVA is a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley, the epicenter of Pinot Noir growing and winemaking. While the estate is a bit warm for top quality Pinot Noir, our Trenton Road vineyard, located a few miles west of the winery, is ideally situated. Trenton’s 45 acres of vineyard are planted with six highly regarded clones of Pinot Noir, primarily Mt. Eden, Pommard, Swan and Dijon 777.