Chalk Hill Vineyard Selection Botrytis Semillon (half-bottle) 1997
The fruit was pressed gently, and the inoculated juice was fermented in new Francois Freres, Dargaud et Jaegle and Demptos barrels. Fermentation ceased naturally with nearly 15% residual sugar and alcohol slightly over 14%, a natural balance redolent of great Sauternes. The wine was aged sur lies for twelve months in new French oak, then racked and aged for an additional fifteen months. It was bottled unfined following a light filtration for clarification.
Perhaps no other winery captures the casual luxury of Sonoma County better than Chalk Hill Estate. Founded nearly four decades ago, this spectacular 1300-acre property features 300 acres of vineyards, wilderness areas, winery, hospitality center, culinary garden, residence, stables, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds, and guest houses.
The winery's vineyards are thoughtfully woven through the native foliage and contoured to fit the intricate terrain. More than two-thirds of the Chalk Hill Estate remains uncultivated. The higher elevations offer stunning views of the Russian River Valley to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east.