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2016 Chalk Hill Windy Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, Chalk Hill AVA

2016 Chalk Hill Windy Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, Chalk Hill AVA

90 Points - CGCW
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Fragrant aromas of ripe nectarines, mango and white pepper. The mouth is crisp with a bit of grip from the grape skin contact showcasing flavors of jasmine, rainier cherries and freshly cut flowers.

Ratings
1 Puff, 90 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines (CGCW) - "A Sauvignon Blanc that goes a little further than most with respect to substance and size and one that is quite explicit in both juicy, melon-like fruit and fresh-herb traits, Chalk Hill’s Windy Ridge bottling is a fairly full-bodied, but very well-balanced take on the grape that is at once rich and lively. It recalls a brisk Chardonnay in texture and weight yet is indelibly varietal at every stop, and its combination of firmness and fruity depth makes us believe that its best days lie ahead."
Winemaker Notes
This 2016 Windy Ridge Sauvignon Blanc opens with fragrant aromas of ripe nectarines, mango and white pepper. The mouth is crisp with a bit of grip from the grape skin contact showcasing flavors of jasmine, rainier cherries and freshly cut flowers. The palate is perfectly structured and balanced with lingering stone fruit on the finish.
Composition
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation
Chalk Hill
Harvest Date
September 5 - 8, 2016
Sugar
24.8° Avg Brix at Harvest
Acid
6.5 g/L
pH
3.33
Aging
7 months; 32% new Oak
Fermentation
Cultured yeast fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage; no malolactic fermentation
Bottling Date
June 19, 2017
Alcohol %
14.30
Connoisseurs' Guide
90
Production Notes
2016 was a prime vintage producing high quality fruit. The 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, balanced flavors and helped to reach our goal of producing a crisp, fresh style.
Vineyard Notes
Since its founding in 1972, Chalk Hill Estate has been recognized as one of California's benchmark producers. Our 1300+-acre property is located at the convergence of a number of diverse climates, soils and terrains in the northeastern hills of Sonoma County. The complexity of the terroir enables us to produce a range of wines from nearly 300 acres of vineyards woven amongst the native oak woodlands, meadows and streams. This Sauvignon Blanc comes from Windy Ridge block N using clone 378.