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2017 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum)

2017 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum)

91 Points - Robert Parker
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SKU: 008151

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Aromas of lemon, zested orange peel and a hint of toasted marshmallow. Balanced and full with concentrated flavors of lemon oil followed by rich and creamy minerality. Known for its long, rich and elegant finish, this vintage is no exception.

Ratings

91 Points Robert Parker - The 2017 Chardonnay Estate opens with notes of toast, cream, lemon pith and hay over a core of Red Delicious apple and banana chips. The medium-bodied palate is rounded and creamy with toasty spice and honey notions, finishing long and lifted with juicy acidity.

Winemaker Notes

Both poised and expressive our 2017 Estate Chardonnay delivers aromas of lemon, zested orange peel 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.

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Wine Specs

Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Chalk Hill
Harvest Date
September 12th - October 4, 2017
Sugar
24.7° Avg Brix at harvest
Acid
5.69 g/L
pH
3.46
Aging
11 months in 100% French oak, 44% new
Fermentation
100% native yeast fermentation in barrel; 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage for 5 months, then monthly
Bottling Date
January 2019
Alcohol %
14.9
Robert Parker
91

Production Notes

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.

Vineyard Notes

THE CHALK HILL 2017 Estate Chardonnay captures the vibrant, complex and classic character of our estate-grown grapes. We are dedicated to making exceptional Chardonnay, and no detail is overlooked. In the vineyard, focused planting of the ideal clone on each vineyard block, managing yields for optimum ripeness and balance, and the work of a dedicated crew are among the keys to our success. Chardonnay is a winemaker’s grape, molded into its most interesting self by native yeast fermentation and aging in carefully chosen French oak barrels and frequent lees stirring. It is a labor-intensive wine, but the rewards are most certainly worth the hard work and attention.
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