2017 Chalk Hill Estate Red, Chalk Hill AVA
91 Points - Robert Parker
Our 2017 Estate Red opens with bold and intense aromas of blackberry, anise, tobacco leaf and dark chocolate. The palate is rich and savory with nuances of vanilla, spice and dark fruit. Though firm, the tannins are rounded by a balanced acidity and a long and smooth finish. Though appealing in its youth, this wine will also age beautifully over the next 15 years.
Our Estate Red is the best blend of the red wines made from the estate. Each variety is perfectly matched to the vineyard site. The blend will also vary from year to year, as the vineyard yields and fruit quality depend greatly on the weather during springtime bloom and set, and during harvest. This 2017 Estate Red is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot
October 5 - October 18, 2017
20 Months in 100% French Oak, 57% New
Stainless Steel Fermentation with Pumpovers 100% Malolactic Fermentation with Bâtonnage