2019 Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Chalk Hill AVA
90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc opens with a floral nose, accented by honeydew, lemon and white pepper. A rich palate delivers abundant flavors of guava, mango and grapefruit.
The 2019 harvest started 1-2 weeks later than usual. A wet winter and spring followed by persistent cool temperatures extended the growing season allowing the grapes to mature gradually. Vintners from around the state are praising the full flavors, fresh acidity and superb balance of this year’s crop.
92% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Sauvignon Gris
September 20 - 28, 2019
7 months in 59% French oak (13% new), 41% stainless steel
cultured yeast fermentation in barrel, bi-weekly bâtonnage for three months
In the winery, we preserve the distinctive aromatics of the grapes by minimizing exposure to air and fermenting with carefully selected cultured yeast in a combination of stainless steel and French oak. Aging on the lees with regular stirring bring all the elements together, giving us a complete and harmonious wine.
The vineyards are ideally situated to take advantage of soil changes, different aspects, and exposures to sun and wind. Sauvignon Gris adds layers of flavor and interest to the blend.