You would think that Chalk Hill sits on a strange outcropping of Chalk in Sonoma County, instead much of the soil in the AVA is volcanic ash that is white and therefore mistaken for chalk. If you love rich bold unapologetically CA style wines the Chalk Hill brings it. Cassis, cedar, wild cherry and chocolate dominate the palate. Held together nicely by firm tannin, this wine delivers the goods.
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.
Opaque purple-black in color, the 2017 Estate Red is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec and 11% Petit Verdot. It offers slowly unfurling aromas of cassis and black plums with notions of graphite, clay, mint chocolate and cigars. The full-bodied palate offers minerally fruits with a gently chalky frame and very good freshness to lift the finish.