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Chalk Hill Russian River Chardonnay 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 season was perfect for growing Chardonnay. Ideal weather through harvest allowed grapes from every block to reach desired ripeness. 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.

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

Member Reviews for Chalk Hill Russian River Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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3.50 5
03/03/2011

Strong oak flavor and aroma


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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3.50 5
06/22/2012

This wine at the time of consumption was possibly just over its peak, Very full bodied, buttery, and rich. It was very nice accompaniment to the Chicken Saltimbocca.


Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
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3.50 5
11/13/2011

Tasted at Snooth pop up tasting event in NYC. Pear and apple flavors. 15% alcohol.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
08/30/2010

Oily nose of acetones, which gave way to bay leaf, limes and quinces. Rich, creamy, red apple flavors before a sharp citric finish


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
06/20/2010

Strong toasted marshmallow on the nose with hints of caramel, fig and apple. Fig driven palate. Creamy and toasty. Nice, but it has a harder, tannic feel on the palate. Feels like a red. A little heavy on the toast, but nice overall.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
01/29/2012

- WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
2.50 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


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External Reviews for Chalk Hill Russian River Chardonnay

External Review
05/18/2011

Long known for their powerful, elegant Chardonnay, Chalk Hill's 1998 offering is impressive for its complex array of aromas and flavors. The toasty, leesy, popcorn elements adorn full, richly nuanced sweet pear, pineapple and peach flavors. A lovely, smooth mouthfeel with a slight granular quality adds texture and interest. This refined wine exudes finesse and refinement.


External Review
05/18/2011

Ripe, rich and full-bodied, with a slight leafy-minty accent to the core of pear, fig, anise and melon flavors. A bit coarse in texture, but time in the bottle should soften the mouthfeel. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
05/18/2011

A strong success in a challenging vintage, the 2006 Chardonnay reveals notes of spicy oak interwoven with tropical fruits, citrus butter, and orange oil. Full-bodied, layered, fresh, and lively, it can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.


External Review
05/17/2010

Bold, rich and full-boded, with succulent fig, apricot, smoky oak and roasted marshmallow flavors that are complex and distinctive, finishing with a long, intricate finish and subtle flavor notes. Drink now through 2015. 13,837 cases made. -JL


External Review
05/18/2011

A bold, rich, full-bodied style, with layers of toasty oak, caramel, fig and melon. Well-focused and balanced, ending with a full, persistent finish. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
05/18/2011

Bold, rich and full-boded, with succulent fig, apricot, smoky oak and roasted marshmallow flavors that are complex and distinctive, finishing with a long, intricate finish and subtle flavor notes. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
10/04/2011

Perhaps the finest Estate Red to date is the 2007. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by blackberry, cassis, cedar, and licorice characteristics, supple tannins, a more accessible personality, full body, and admirable purity, texture, and length. Drink this beauty over the next 2-3 decades.


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The 2007 season was perfect for growing Chardonnay. Ideal weather through harvest allowed grapes from every block to reach desired ripeness. 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.

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