Chalk Hill Estate Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 1996

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 13250
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Winemaker's Notes

The Chardonnay at Block B on our Oak Hill site was planted in 1974, making it one of the two oldest vineyards at Chalk Hill. Though its rootstocks, budwood and trellis system no longer seem "cutting edge," the vineyard consistently proves one of the basic tenets of winemaking dogma: site is the most important factor in grape and wine quality. The soil at Oak Hill is deep with excellent water-holding capacity. Even without irrigation, the vines always show a perfect balance between fruit and vegetation. With minimal viticultural intervention the vines thrive and yield incredibly concentrated and exotically complex Chardonnay. The 1996 growing season, with its ample heat, extracted the quintessential expression of this vineyard enclave. This Estate Vineyard Selection Chardonnay is replete with ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavors, and the finish is rich and voluptuous.

The wine was produced with traditional Burgundian methods: whole cluster pressing, fermentation with natural yeasts and malolactic bacteria, and ageing sur lies. This Estate Vineyard Selection was matched to a higher percentage of new French oak than our Estate Bottled Chardonnay, and the wine was aged for a longer period.

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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 Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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