A beautiful 100% Viognier, showing the variety’s exotic tropical fruit, wildflower and pear flavors wrapped into a texture of firm tannins and adequate acidity. Finishes with tiers of honey, apricot jam, tangerine-infused crême brûlée. Very nice, if high in alcohol.
Flashy and decadent, this Cabernet Sauvignon is named after Chalk Hill’s owner. With 9% Petit Verdot for color and depth, it’s marked by very high alcohol, which gives it some heat, and extraordinarily deep, extracted black currant, dark chocolate and new oak flavors. Certainly impresses for sheer power and audacity, but its longterm future is a big question mark.
Warm summer weather ripened the grapes to black cherry and cocoa perfection, while cool nights preserved vital acidity. The oak tastes new and is in full balance with the wine’s size. Despite a touch of raisins, this wine should hold and improve for five years before gradually losing fruit.
Long known for their powerful, elegant Chardonnays, 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…
A very rich wine, with underlying citrus and apple fruit flavors fattened and sweetened with generous oak and lees. High acidity makes everything tingly in the mouth, and the finish is long and generous in this high-class wine.
A first rate Cab, notable for the intensity and persistence of its flavors. They include blackcurrants and cassis and the vanilla and smoke from charred oak. Tannins are rich and creamy. But it’s the wonderfully rich flavors that startle.
Richer than the ’03, this wine brims with the most savory Meyer lemon, lime and tart green-apple flavors, boosted and brightened with crisp, minerally acidity. Winemaker Steve Leveque barrel fermented this non-malolactic wine for the first time, to make it a little rounder and creamier. It was a good step; the wine is luscious.
With its array of ripe peach, lemon drop, guava and nectarine fruit and bright acidity, this Chard’s complexity is boosted by fine new oak and a steely minerality that makes the wine clean and vibrant. It’s balanced, elegant and enjoyable to drink. Best now–2007.