At Chalk Hill, they take the growing and production of their Merlot seriously. They respect Merlot's vigorous tendencies in the vineyard and create an atmosphere in which the variety will yield optimum ripeness and richness.
The 2005 Chalk Hill Merlot contains 21% Malbec, which contributes blue fruit and flesh to the wine's suppleness and structure. The intense purple wine lends aromas of bramble, berries, exotic spices, tobacco, molasses, and floral notes of violets and lavender. Ripe tannins encase mouth-filling, round flavors of anise, plum, blackberry and brown spice.
"Forward aromas of black cherry, charred oak and pencil shavings. Tasty cherry and light chocolate flavors laced with wood tannins. Dominated toasted oak in the finish with a surplus of youthful black fruit waiting to come forward." 92 Points