Chalk Hill Estate Red 2013

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On a spring day in 1972, Chalk Hill’s founder, Fred Furth, caught his first view of a natural amphitheatre carved into the hills of eastern Sonoma while flying over the Russian River. His intuition told him the land had the potential to support a world-class vineyard. The terrain at Chalk Hill is intricate and varied. Located at the convergence of a number of naturally defined winegrowing regions, the estate features a range of microclimates, soils and exposures that require well-reasoned, site-specific farming protocols. It is this unique complexity of terroir that allows Chalk Hill to create wines that are intense, balanced and distinctive. The Estate Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Merlot, and Syrah, tightly wound with velvety textures. Very appealing in its youth, but this will also age beautifully for the next 10 years.

Category Red Wine
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Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Chalk Hill
Brand Chalk Hill
Alcohol/vol 15.5%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Proprietary Red Estate is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot and the rest Carignane, Syrah and Merlot. This is another titanic effort from proprietor Foley. A spectacular dense-purple color and sweet toasty oak intermixed with licorice, blackberry, cassis and graphite are all present in this profound first-growth quality blend that should age effortlessly for 25-30 or more years. This is a stunner and a revelation.

Robert Parker, March 2016

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