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Chalk Hill Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008

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The 2008 Estate Chardonnay has aromas that are concentrated and compex featuring caramel, toasted hazelnut, apricot, pear and elmon oil. The rich palate of tropical fruit is balanced by a distinct minerality typical of Chardonnay wines from the Estate. This wine can be enjoyed alone or alongside a wide variety of dishes including crab, scallops, fish and roasted chicken. It is the perfect accompaniment to rich butter or cream sauces. Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 93 points by Wine Spectator.

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Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery:
  Chalk Hill Estate Winery has a very unique terroir and climate, and when Fred Furth, founder of the winery, flew over the land in 1972, he knew that it had the potential to be a top-class vineyard. Chalk Hill Estate Winery is located in the Chalk Hill AVA, part of Sonoma County, and it is the only estate winery located within that AVA. The land itself borders the cooler Russian River V... Read more
  Chalk Hill Estate Winery has a very unique terroir and climate, and when Fred Furth, founder of the winery, flew over the land in 1972, he knew that it had the potential to be a top-class vineyard. Chalk Hill Estate Winery is located in the Chalk Hill AVA, part of Sonoma County, and it is the only estate winery located within that AVA. The land itself borders the cooler Russian River Valley and the warmer Alexander Valley, meaning that the 1,400 acre vineyard has a wide range of soil types and a microclimate that is unique to the region. Lisa Bishop Forbes, Chalk Hill’s winemaker, has managed to take the varied grapes that the region produces and turn them into extremely successful wines, especially Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and the winery’s Estate Red. Read less
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Member Reviews for Chalk Hill Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
06/17/2010

Banana, butternut cream and vanilla, some pineapple and oak aromas. Nice acidity on palate, apples, pineapples, lemon curd/pie, a roundness but not in a bad way, very enjoyable on its own and even better with cheese.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
2.50 5
04/21/2011

too much oak, it over powers. on the nose, I feel like I am about to have a chardonnay. I like chardonnay but not when I am desiring a crisp sauvignon blanc


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,862
3.50 5
02/06/2011

Pineapple, soft vanilla oak, licorice spice and perhaps a little delicious apple greet the nose. Yellow color - though short of summertime dandelion intensity - nonetheless indicative of the catch-phrase "Drink Now!" Warm yet sweet in texture, this wine retains a certain astringency that detracts, but otherwise a sound, well-priced Cali wine. Recommended. The 2009 is up next.


Snooth User: Mimi Kim
6488783,073
2.50 5
05/12/2011

Very crisp, all vanilla from the oak


Snooth User: chsmooth
667064104
2.00 5
04/21/2011

First taste is like whiskey! Crisp finish.


Snooth User: artisticladyj
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5.00 5
10/22/2012

There isn't much of anything that I don't like about Chalk Hill winery, I like all there wines in their own ways, each have their own distinctive differences. All Delicious


Snooth User: alisonrodes
6823554
4.00 5
01/30/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chalk Hill Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay

External Review
12/21/2010

The rich palate of tropical fruit is balanced by a distinct minerality typical of Chardonnay wines from the Estate. This wine can be enjoyed alone or alongside a wide variety of dishes including crab, scallops, fish and roasted chicken. - Winery


External Review
10/25/2010

Aromas are concentrated and complex – white flower, sweet cream, ripe peach, lemon oil and wet stone – leading to a palate anchored with rich minerality and tropical and stone fruit. A clean acidity and mouth-filling texture unite pear, pineapple and sweet orange fruit with subtly sweet brown spice and honeyed toast.


External Review
04/11/2011

A rich, round and well-oaked style of Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of tropical and stone fruits enhance the minerality that shines through from the soil on which it is grown.


External Review
04/13/2011

WE 92pts. - According to the Wine Enthusiast: A bright, beautifully brisk Sauvignon Blanc, marked with crisp acidity and racy flavors of citrus fruits and gooseberries, accented with sweet oak. It's a creamy, deliciously complex wine, and although it s fully dry, it finishes with a honeyed richness. The 2008 Sauvignon blanc expresses the intense and exotic fruit character of the variety and is ripe, complex and mouth filling on the palate. This wine is a blend of nine different clones of Sauvignon blanc and two clones of Sauvignon gris grown on the Estate. Sauvignon gris ripe stone fruit flavors plus its weight and texture provide a pleasing counterpoint to the more bright tropical and citrus aspects of the other Sauvignon blanc clones. This wine has an abundance of tropical and citrus elements on the nose and palate...


External Review
07/13/2010

Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2008 and all other premium wine from Chalk Hill Estate available at discounted prices at WineDada.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


External Review
11/26/2011

Very, very sweet and decadent, like pure honey. Nectar of the gods-type wine, oozing spicy apricot, orange, roasted almond and vanilla honey flavors. To describe the mouthfeel as creamy hardly does it justice, it s so viscous and glyceriney. A magnificent dessert wine to savor. - According to the Wine Enthusiast



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The 2008 Estate Chardonnay has aromas that are concentrated and compex featuring caramel, toasted hazelnut, apricot, pear and elmon oil. The rich palate of tropical fruit is balanced by a distinct minerality typical of Chardonnay wines from the Estate. This wine can be enjoyed alone or alongside a wide variety of dishes including crab, scallops, fish and roasted chicken. It is the perfect accompaniment to rich butter or cream sauces. Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 93 points by Wine Spectator.

Notes: 100% barrel fermentation; no malolactic fermentation 9 Months Sur Lie 36% Stainless Steel Barrels 18% New French Oak Barrels


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