2017 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill AVA
91 Points - Robert Parker
Both poised and expressive our 2017 Estate Chardonnay delivers aromas of lemon, orange peel zest and a hint of toasted marshmallow from the oak influence. Balanced and full with concentrated flavors of lemon oil are followed by rich and creamy minerality. Our Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception.
September 12th - October 4, 2017
Barrel Aging: 11 months
100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
2017 began with heavy rains in winter, which reinvigorated the vineyards going into bud break. The region had sunny days throughout the spring and summer, and a heat spike in August which propelled the harvest schedule.