A beautiful melange of citrus and pomaceous fruit, perfumed with light notes. Chardonnay is the world's most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. This Paso cabernet sauvignon has typical notes of blueberry, blackcurrant and peppery spice leading to cocoa powder, caramel and pungent cedar. The owners started planting our Sauvignon Blanc block in 2001. Chalk Hill Estate is dedicated to making exceptional Chardonnay, and no detail is overlooked. While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. A light crop, resulting from a rather blustery April and May, soaked up the sun during a picture perfect Napa Valley summer.
Our 2015 Estate Chardonnay is extra smooth, creamy and luxurious. This beauty is 88 percent zinfandel blended with a few unusual varieties that also have a history here. Warm to moderate temperatures throughout the year, helped preserve acidity, whilst rapidly generating sugars. The luscious, creamy entry on the palate leads to waves of honeycomb, honey-crisp apple, peach, and a touch of apricot, finishing with rich butterscotch flavors and a kiss of vanilla. The cool, western portion is well suited to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. For the reds, all credit goes to J. Succulent nose of melon, sliced lemons, white peach and apple give way to a rich palate of cantaloupe and ripe honeydew.
The best wines are then tasted and rated by individual editors with regional specializations. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. But like most Paso Bordeaux the tannins are soft, making it more immediately approachable than a typical Napa cab. The Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception. It's still showing a touch of sulfur dioxide after bottling, so if you plan on drinking this Chardonnay in the near future I'd recommend giving it a short decant.
A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors that glide across the palate. It has a seductive mouth-feel and its dominant flavors are green apple and grapefruit. The mouth feel is sweet without the sugar, with bright acidity. This blend of four white Rhône varietals grenache blanc, viognier, roussanne and marsanne has notes of lemon, sarsaparilla, crushed rock and apricot. Complex aromas of Bosc pear, baked apple, toast and cream, with subtle arom.
Wine Spectator recently announced it has awarded 93 points to the 2015 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay. White Wine by Gehricke from Russian River, California. Also irresistible, and considerably less expensive, is their barbera, which brims with the zing of this northern Italian favorite. The finish has some pleasant minerality. Hodgins has also been active as an educator and scholar. The sanguine finish is richly spiced.
Later, some smoke, black tea and pepper sneak in, adding complexity that maintains its intrigue throughout the bottle. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. The sanguine finish is richly spiced.
Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. A son of Santa Barbara, Justin began Tyler in 2005 with eight barrels tucked away in the corner of Arcadian Winery, where he honed his approach to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as assistant winemaker. Raspberry and mushroom give way to basil, strawberry and anise. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.
Finally, California winemakers know how to nail this varietal. Vintage Notes 2015 provided an excellent growing season for our Chardonnay vines. Wines are tasted blind unless otherwise stated. He has been reviewing and scoring Australian wine for over 40 years. Vintage Weather Despite some early, sizable winter storms, the beginning of the 2015 growing season turned mild and dry, prompting early budbreak in the vineyards. Wines are tasted blind unless otherwise stated.