Founded in 1972 by Fred Furth, a flamboyant class action attorney in San Francisco, Chalk Hill Estate made their name with Chardonnay, but today they are well-known for their proprietary red, and today’s temptation, their Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Mr. Furth sold Chalk Hill in 2010 to Bill Foley, who also owns Foley Johnson, Merus, Firestone, Chalone, Four Graces, and many more wineries. With his winemaker Steve Nelson and viticulturist Mark Lingenfelder working in tandem, Foley Has Chalk Hill dialed in to make the best wines they’ve made in many years. Chalk Hill AVA, you trickster, you are neither chalk, nor merely a hill! What looks like chalk is indeed compressed volcanic ash, and much of the AVA is a valley! The beauty of Chalk Hill is that it’s warm enough to produce top-class Cabernet.
2015 was kind to this warm corner of the Russian River Valley. Chalk Hill’s 2015 Pinot Noir is a home run too. Wild raspberries, black cherries, blueberries and spiced violets deliver a wallop of flavor to the palate. The rich, full-bodied personality is pierced by clean lines of acidity, while an elegance and purity keep you coming back for more.
Founded in 1972, Chalk Hill Estate made their name with Chardonnay, but in 2010 they made a splash in the pages of the Wine Advocate with their 2007 Proprietary Red, scoring 95 points. To this day it remains one of the finest wines to emerge each year from the Chalk Hill AVA. In fact, you flipped for the 2013 Chalk Hill red wine, which sold out in a flash thanks to its luxurious profile and its nice 96-point score from the Wine Advocate.