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63 Ratings
Chalk Hill Estate Red Blend

Wine Details

Varietal

Red Blend

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2012 Vintage) Chalk Hill Estate is a compendium of unique microclimates, exposures and soil types. We are fortunate to be able to make everything from aromatic Sauvignon Blanc to big, bold Syrah. Nowhere is this ideal situation more evident than in our Estate Red, which is just that – the best blend of the red wines made from the estate. Each variety is perfectly matched to the vineyard site. The blend will also vary from year to year, as the vineyard yields and fruit quality depend greatly on the weather during springtime bloom and set, and during harvest. Our 2012 Estate Red is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah, and rounded out by a small amount of Carmenere. Cabernet and Malbec were the stars in 2012, and form the base of this Estate Red. Grapes grown on the rocky slopes of our Estate West vineyard make up the balance of the blend.

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    95 is exactly right, great mouthfeel, super tannins, all round great flavor with spice in the end. 2007 is great year, beware the others. 95RP&95WE Perhaps the finest Estate Red to date is the 2007. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by blackberry, cassis, cedar, and licorice characteristics, supple tannins, a more accessible personality, full body, and admirable purity, texture, and length. Drink this beauty over the next 2-3 decades. This may be the finest portfolio of Chalk Hill wines I have yet tasted. All are super-impressive with beautiful purity, balance, texture, and complexity. Barrel samples of the 2008 Estate Red and Syrah Estate look nearly as impressive as the 2007s.

    about 7 years
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    WS93; bold, rich, graceful, full bodied, wonderful beam of ripe blackberry, currant and wild berry. touch of spice & tabacco leaf. full bodied, firm on finish where flavors gain depth. cab mix w malbec, merlot, petit verdot, carmenere. now thru '17; 5K cases.

    about 6 years
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    vino wine & tapas: full body, texture and length; blackberry, cassis, cedar and licorice characteristics; supple tannins.

    over 4 years
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    Chalk hill, estate red

    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
  • Robert Parker
    "Perhaps the finest Estate Red to date is the 2007. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by blackberry, cassis, cedar, and licorice characteristics, supple tannins, a more accessible personality, full body, and admirable purity, texture, and length. Drink this beauty over the next 2-3 decades.""This may be the finest portfolio of Chalk Hill wines I have yet tasted. All are super-impressive with beautiful purity, balance, texture, and complexity."