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The Chalk Hill AVA is located within the Russian River Valley district of Northern Sonoma, all part of California’s North Coast. The name refers to the characteristic of the soils rather than their actual composition, which are mainly decomposed volcanic ash. This is a distinction from the rest of the Russian River Valley, which is composed primarily of alluvial clay soils. The higher elevations of Chalk Hill produce high quality reds from Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Sangiovese while closer to the Russian River, whites are produced from Semillion, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.
The regional history of wine-making is fairly young, with Peggy and Frederick Furth purchasing what would become Chalk Hill Estate in 1972. Other wineries such as J Vineyards, Chateau Felice and Albini followed soon after into the 1980s and 90s. Chalk Hill was granted AVA status in 1992. ~Amanda Schuster
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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Zichichi Cabernet Sauvignon Pyramid Vineyard 2013


    Very dark in the glass. Nose of dark fruit. Dark fruit on entryblackberry, blueberry. Still quite stiff tannin. With the acid content, I think this one would be fine laying sideways for a few more years. Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2008


    imported from danceforme but uncertain 3-3.5. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt

  • Chalk Hill Chard Sonoma 2013


    One of the best California Chardonnay's. Not too buttery or woody. Balanced fruit and acidity. Will go great with your Thanksgiving bird. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Great stories about Chalk Hill and Fred Furth, OT. What prompted you to tell them? And glad to hear he named his dog after Bach's masterpieces, rather than Wagner or something else.  ;-)Mark's interpretations of Vin Scully's remaining schedule were what I'd understood and surmised. No post-season is because of TV contracts (hard to imagine), or ... Read More

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  • The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! The only thing bugger ... ... me arrived in a Red Chalk Hill Estate Humvee fire truck complete with crows nest, pump and firehose. After the game it was look-at-me time for Fred and he powered up the pump and sprayed everyone with water.Fred and Brandenburg relaxing under his private jet. ... Read More

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  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... my ... v, I've had that Chalk Hill blend before,  I thought it was very good.A lot of people get all hot and bothered when wineries are sold--especially to larger entities--but I can't say the Bill Foley has damaged any of the wineries that he has collected.  On the... Read More

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  • Played in our Fall Member-Guest golf tourney this weekend with my brother. We ... ... took a bottle of '12 Chalk Hill cab blend to the dinner. This is still young, layers of ripe dark fruit, a good amount of tannin that is starting to smooth out and some nice acidity, it went real well with the teriyaki tenderloin.  Offered the club's GM a gla... Read More

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  • Oh the memories of Chalk Hill. My best friend at the time, dearly departed, was friends with Fred Furth who built the Estate. Fred was an eccentric old coot. Kind of a cross between Thurston Howell III and Raymond Burr. Very matter of fact but also very flamboyant/braggadocious. He almost always had his Great Dane at his side and a large Cuban C... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Estate Chalk Hill 2014


    Bright and fruity aromas of green apple and peach with honeysuckle and vanilla on the nose. Wonderfully thick and full in the mouth, this has tart fresh citrus notes coming through powerfully in the center, round and firm yet quite zesty and lively throughout and turning to more lemon and light butter towards the finish With a hint of white pepper. Read More

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  • Calluna Vineyards Cuvee "Cvc" Chalk Hill 2010


    This is a Merlot-heavy Bordeaux blend and my first impression is that it is taking me back to the bad old days of Merloti.e., pre-Sideways. A pleasant enough berry nose. On the tongue, seriously green and viney. Sour around the edges of the tongue. Bitterness mid-palate. Once I swallow it, though, it has the great aftertaste of a perfectly ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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