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Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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The 2008 Sauvignon blanc expresses the intense and exotic fruit character of the variety and is ripe, complex and mouth filling on the palate. In the vineyards we carefully manage the vine canopy to expose the fruit to filtered sunlight. This is achieved by careful hand leaf removal in the fruit zone combined with cluster thinning. The result is both fully and evenly ripened grapes. This wine is a blend of nine different clones of Sauvignon blanc and two clones of Sauvignon gris grown on the Estate. Sauvignon gris' ripe stone fruit flavors plus its weight and texture provide a pleasing counterpoint to the more bright tropical and citrus aspects of the other Sauvignon blanc clones. f Throughout harvest and vinification exposure to air is minimized. One third of the lots are given skin contact before pressing. This increases the concentration of the aromatic compounds associated with the intense aromas of passion fruit and grapefruit. The wine is entirely barrel fermented in a combination of small French oak and stainless steel barrels. Although primarily fermented with native yeast, the skin-contact lots were inoculated with strains of yeast which assist in the release of the ripe aromatic compounds of this variety. f Bâtonnage, or lees stirring, continues regularly during and after fermentation to add a soft creamy element to the texture of the wine. After nine months in the barrel various lots were blended and then bottled without filtration. f This wine has an abundance of tropical and citrus elements on the nose and palate. It has a lush yet balanced texture and a hint of minerality which make it appropriate as an appetizer or as a versatile accompaniment to a wide variety of light appetizers or entrées.

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Deliciously rich, delivering dried pineapple, papaya and orange marmalade flavors that are creamy and lush, yet with a very refreshing acidity. Love it for the details, rich texture and extremely long finish. Drink now through 2012.

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Chalk Hill Winery

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Chalk Hill Winery, , California
Chalk Hill
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 the time-honored traditions of the first land grant pioneers, the Chalk Hill Estate operates as a family farm with the daily tasks of sustainable viticulture flowing seamlessly through the growing season and ultimately to estate bottled wines. Chalk Hill is the only 100% estate winery in the Chalk Hill AVA nestled within the Russian River Valley. The passion for meticulous viticulture has resulted in elegant, world-class wines.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

RPT10700406_2008 Item# 107324

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