Chalk Hill Proprietary Estate Red 2009
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 not have much of an aging future. I’m enjoying it, today, but I’m also glad I pulled it out of my cellar.
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Inky ruby. Cherry-vanilla, blackcurrant, pipe tobacco and pungent Indian spices on the nose, with a sexy floral nuance gaining power with air. Smooth, appealingly sweet dark berry preserve flavors are brightened by tangy acidity and show very good clarity. Dusty tannins add grip to the finish, with the tobacco and vanilla notes echoing.
Chalk Hill Winery consistently showcases a unique corner of California wine making and their illustrious Proprietary Red is a fine example of why they deserve the respect that they get.
TThis delivers an immediate hit of fresh fruit up front, appealing in its saturated texture and dark spice. Then gravelly tannins restrain it, making the wine feel less fat and more savory. A blend of Bordeaux varieties, this shows its ripeness with air.
Chalk Hill’s 2009 Estate Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot, with dollops of Petit Verdot and Syrah. Firm tannins support plums, dark cherries, mocha, spices and licorice in this full-bodied, intense wine. I get the sense that with a lighter hand this might have been a materially more complex wine, which is to say more in line with the rest of the estate’s wines. Today the 2009 comes across as a bit overdone. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.
Both firm and supple, with spicy, loamy earth, red currant, red candy and dark berry notes, gaining a nice, minerally edge on the finish. The tannins give the flavors traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Carmenère. Best from 2013 through 2023.
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