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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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  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Pinot Grigio

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Syrah

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2012


    A bit spicy on the nose and quite fresh with pineapple, lemon curd, vanilla and toasty oak aromas. Round on entry and a bit sweet in the mouth, this gains focus with fine acids lending this some firmness on the palate and accentuating the green apple and lime flavors in the mouth. The oak comes on a little creamy and spicy on the backend, cont... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Deerfield Ranch Winery Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2007


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    Wine review by khardman00

  • Chalk Hill Estate Winery Chardonnay Founder's Block 2005


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    Wine review by donnampg

  • Chalk Hill Estate Winery Chardonnay Founder's Block 2005


    My favorite splurge chardonnay. Very smooth and rich and creamy not sweet. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by donnampg

  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County 2011


    Green apples and grape fruit. Touch of oak on the finish. Would buy again but wouldn't search it out. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon Chalk Hill 2010


    Lovely dried chile, macerated dried herbs and smoky orange peel aromas greet the nose followed by some sweet, candied vanilla notes and a base of dark plummy fruit all topped with a perfumey note of flowers. Some early acids snaps this to attention and lends it great focus in the mouth. The flavors in the mouth are simpler than the nose but quit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 2010 Trombetta gap's Crown Pinot, pretty good, big clear fruit and lovely ... Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon Chalk Hill over the weekend. A great little Cab, very reminiscent of wines from decades earlier! Tonight it looks like 1989 La Dominique from St. Emilion, 1986 La Jota Howell Mtn Cab, and the 1978 Cordero di Montezemolo Enrico VI Barolo.To... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2011


    Very consistent chardonnay from year to year. Well balanced with nice citrus fruit, nice but subtle acidity and a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Here's the report from our trip to the Russian River area and Mendocino.Our ... ... The setting at Chalk Hill is beautiful as are their wines.  There was a $15 non-refundable tasting fee for four wines, a sauv blanc, chard, red blend and a syrah. The wines were very good and the seated tasting on their terrace overlooking the vineyards was rea... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Estate Chalk Hill 2011


    Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities. during the thirteen months of aging, we regularly stirred the lees in barrel, and later in tank, which gives a certain fullness and creamy texture on the palate. Encouraging malolactic fermentation added additional character, and in the glass the wine... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS

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