2017 Chalk Hill Estate Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
Our 2017 Zinfandel offers juicy, mouthwatering aromas of wild berries, maraschino cherry, dark chocolate and peppery spice. The palate is vibrant with bright acidity and flavors of raspberry, plum, cassis and savory herbaceous notes. This Zinfandel finishes long and smooth with sweet tannins and spice.
Food Pairing Notes
This Zinfandel finishes long and smooth with sweet tannins and spice, making it a perfect pairing with barbequed meats or richly spiced dishes.
Russian River Valley
September 26, 2017
25.5° Avg Brix at Harvest
10 months; 100% French oak, 40% new
100% malolactic fermentation with monthly bâtonnage; no malolactic fermentation
THIS IS THE FIFTH VINTAGE of our Russian River Valley Zinfandel, made exclusively for our wine club and tasting room. The grapes come from our Trenton Road vineyard, in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Primarily planted with Pinot Noir, there is one small block on a west-facing hillside that is tailor-made for Zinfandel, the Lions Ridge West Block. 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.