2016 Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Chalk Hill AVA
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Our Estate Sauvignon Blanc boasts bright and acidic fruits on the nose including sweet grapefruit, honeydew melon, lime blossom, white tea, and toasted fennel. The palate is succulent with grapefruit zest, nectar, lime, and flint.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this versatile wine with your favorite appetizers or first course to your dinner.
83% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Sauvignon Gris, 6% Sauvignon Musqué
September 6 - September 23, 2016
24.3° Avg Brix at harvest
7 months; 66% french oak, 13% new, 34% stainless steel drums
barrel fermentation with native and cultured yeast; bi-weekly bâtonnage no malolactic fermentation
June 26, 2017
Our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc captures the exotic, vibrant and complex fruit character of our estate-grown grapes. The vineyards are ideally situated to take advantage of soil changes, different aspects, and exposures to sun and wind. Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Musqué add layers of flavor and interest to the blend. In the winery, we preserve the distinctive aromatics of the grapes by minimizing exposure to air and fermenting with native and cultured yeast in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak. Aging on the lees with regular stirring bring all the elements together, giving us a complete and harmonious wine.
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 to set the stage for producing a crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc.