The 2010 Estate Red is incredibly rich and luscious. The nose is composed of opulent aromas including black cherry, blackberry, plum jam, Provencal herbs, vanilla, and pipe tobacco. The flavors are equally lush with additional notes of spicy oak, vanilla, blueberry pie, and bittersweet chocolate. Although the wine shows surprisingly well in its youth, the generous, underlying tannins suggest a long and complex future.
Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Syrah, 1% Carmenere
"The 2010 Proprietary Red Estate (43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Syrah and 1% Carmenere) is something to be endorsed as the wine world tries to move from a varietal-conscious, mono-cepage philosophy to where the best wines will tend to be blends, even if they are dominated by one grape or another. Chalk Hill's 2010 Red Estate exhibits an inky/purple color followed by aromas of black olives, cassis and toast. Rich, full-bodied and expressive, it is built for the long haul rather than for current drinkability. A beautiful texture, full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific purity and a long finish suggest it will be significantly more complex and softer in 5-10 years, and last for 20-25+ years."
The Wine Advocate