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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

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  • Syrah

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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...

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

  • Chardonnay

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  • Keep the reports coming, Al.  So, far they have been very enjoyable.In the ... ... the other was a CS from Chalk Hill.  I liked all three and ordered two bottles of each.  Well, they arrived a few weeks ago, and today I decided to pull out the Zin made from the younger vines.Here is the April 23, 2013 report.  This is an OK wine.  For the $28 ... Read More

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  • Manny, I thought the acronym for the "gang" you saw was RUB--Rich ... their estate Zins and some Chalk Hill Cab to be delivered this spring.  Their "futures only" marketing strategy is certainly interesting and distinctive.  I am curious, Manny, was Zichichi a destination for you, or did you just happen upon it.  It is, certainly, not on the b... Read More

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  • Chalk Hill Proprietary Estate Red 2009

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    Modest nose showing woodiness more than fruitiness. Much lighter than I expected on the tongue. Some black fruit flavors but, certainly, not over the top. Some tobacco hints towards the back of the palate. There is some tannin here, and, way in the back I get some acid tartness, but the paucity of either suggests to me that this wine does no... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Hello David, here's my two cents worth.  Looking at fairly available ... ... go with a Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay and an A to Z pinot. As an alternative, M. Chapoutier makes a very nice white (Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone Blanc) and red (Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone Rouge) at very reasonable prices and both would go well with Thanksgiving ... Read More

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  • The '07 Coudoulet was the biggest disappointment for me, if indeed there were no flaws to the bottle. The '02 Run Rig was flawed according to Alan, my palate was fried but I tended to agree. The Halcon wines were good, though I'm not sure how moving they were. They won for QPR anyway, and I put the '12 Halcon in the mix for the top wines of the ... Read More

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  • Last week while I was up north:Enkidu:2013 Shamhat Rose of Syrah2009 Odyssey ... ... from Pyramid Vineyard in Chalk Hill. &nbs Read More

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  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2012

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    Loved it, oaky, lemons Read More

    Wine review by DCStar


  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2012

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    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


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