Chalk Hill Estate Red 2009

Red Blends from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 122788
  • WS92
  • TP92
  • ST91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2009 Estate Red is incredibly rich and luscious. The nose is a melting pot of currant liqueur, blackberries, boysenberry syrup, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and cardamom. The flavors are equally lush and exotic with additional notes of spicy oak and vanilla. Although the wine shows surprisingly well in its youth, the generous, underlying tannins suggest a long and complex future.

Blend: 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 17% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Syrah, 1% Carménère

Critical Acclaim

"BOTH FIRM AND SUPPLE, WITH SPICY, LOAMY EARTH, red currant, red candy and dark berry notes, gaining a nice, minerally edge on the finish. The tannins give the flavors traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Carmenere. "
92 Points

"The nuances from the Syrah and Carmenere, added to this 49% Cabernet Sauvignon , 21% Malbec and 17% Merlot blend, help explain its amplified fruit and creamy violets on the mouth. Candied vanilla and a dollop of velvet-fudge fruit are wrapped in chalkiness, soon hijacked by a juicy plum protagonist."
92 Points

"Inky ruby. Cherry-vanilla, blackcurrant, pipe tobacco and pungent Indian spices on the nose, with a sexy floral nuance gaining power with air. Smooth, appealingly sweet dark berry preserve flavors are brightened by tangy acidity and show very good clarity. Dusty tannins add grip to the finish, with the tobacco and vanilla notes echoing."
91 Points

Learn About Chalk Hill Map ItMap It

Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery was purchased recently by Bill Foley, proprietor of Foley Family Wines, who will continue the time-honored traditions that Fred Furth began. Founded in 1972 by Fred Furth, the Chalk Hill Estate encompasses 280 acres of carefully positioned vineyards, including the valley floor, hillsides, and ridge tops of a 1300 acre estate. Perpetuating...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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The 2010 Estate Red is incredibly rich and luscious. The nose is composed of opulent aromas including black cherry, blackberry, ...
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