Rich in vanilla-accented citrus fruit, honeysuckle and spice flavors, this Pinot Gris tastes overtly sweet, with a sugary finish. It’s softer and less interesting than the very fine 2005. Drink now.
A heavy wine, meant to impress with sheer weight, but actually lacking some life. It’s certainly ripe and dense in black currants and oak, but palls after a few sips, and finishes hot in alcohol. Might do something interesting down the road.
This shows opulent blackberry and chocolate flavors that are delicious and heady. But it’s very high in alcohol, which gives it a burn and a glycerine-like sweetness. It’s a Bordeaux blend, with the addition of Syrah.
This is one big wine; and in our opinion it’s largely overdone. When butter and burnt toast dominate fruit, it’s not going to be perceived as being varietally correct, and most tasters will probably struggle to peg it as SB. From a flavor perspective, it’s chock full of banana, baked apples and wood. The finish is resinous and thick. Call it a ripe case of more…
Chalk Hill is attempting to create a world-class PG, full-throttle with ripe fruit and sur lies, produced from selected blocks in the estate vineyard. But at three-plus years, the wine is losing the charm and vibrancy of its fruit, and is picking up the brittle, decaying character of a white wine that’s too old.