2017 Chalk Hill Carménère, Chalk Hill AVA
Deep red in color, the 17 Chalk Hill Carménère opens with aromas of black licorice, dried thyme, blackberry and smoldering wood. It's soft, plush tannins meld together with flavors of toasted vanilla and raspberry providing an elegantly long finish.
October 27, 2017
24.6 Average Brix at Harvest
20 Months in 100% French oak, 75% new
Stainless steel fermentation with pumpovers 100% malolactic fermentation, with bâtonnage
June 9, 2019
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 73% Carménère with the balance being Cabernet Sauvignon.