2020 Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast (375 ml)
92 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
Our 2020 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is bright, forward, balanced, and approachable. Beautiful aromas of pear, baked apple, and toasted almonds lead into a broad-textured, and creamy palate. With its cool-climate influences, this chardonnay has remarkable varietal intensity, balanced acidity, and mineral notes that complement the rich and full flavors of baked apple and vanilla.
September 15th - October 15th, 2020
Regular Bâtonnage; 100% Malolactic Fermentation
9 months Sur Lie aged in French, American and European oak, 25% new
The 2020 vintage was dry with only a few spring showers. We had a relatively early bud-break, but still good fruit-set and cluster development. Warm temperatures continued into summer setting the stage for full ripening, fresh acidity and beautifully balanced fruit. The fruit was harvested September 15th - October 15th in the cool, early morning hours to preserve vibrant fruit character. The wine was aged sur lie in 25% new French, American and European oak for 9 months.
Since its founding, Chalk Hill has been producing artisan wines from our Estate vineyards in the hills of northeastern Sonoma County. For four decades we have studied, prodded, and coaxed our complex terroir to ensure that our Estate wines deliver vivid aromatics, commanding flavors, great character and regional accuracy. While our 300+ acres of vineyards surrounding the winery will always be the cornerstone of our identity, starting with the 2011 vintage, in addition to our Estate Chardonnay, we started producing our first Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. This 2018 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay comes from extraordinary vineyards throughout Sonoma County consisting primarily of Foley Family estate vineyards. Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay features fruit from some of the best sites in the Russian River Valley, Carneros, and Chalk Hill. The fruit coming from the Chalk Hill AVA provides richness, concentration, viscosity and nuttiness, while the Carneros AVA delivers structure and notes of apple and pear.