2009 Chalk Hill Chardonnay

Year: 2009
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
White Wine
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"Rich and complex, with spicy melon, honeysuckle, fig, apricot and nutmeg flavors. Full-bodied, retaining its focus on the long, smoky finish. Drink now through 2015. 15,000 cases made. " (WS)

"Rich and decked out with lots of crème brulee oak sweetness, but defined first and last by its constant, and unwavering fruit, this very well-balanced effort is big on flavor without seeming too big for its own good. It is firmed up with fine fruity acids in just the right places, and lingering notes of minerals, toast and spice persist in its long and layered finish. It delivers plenty to like now, but it is put together in a way that says it will be improve and hold for many years. Reviewed: August 2011" (CG)

Winery Notes:
The beginning of spring 2009 was unusually warm and dry. After a cool and uneventful summer, a warm spell in September brought ripeness up to normal levels and we harvested most of our fruit before the heavy rains hit in mid-October. The cool growing season yielded Chardonnay that is intensely flavored and well structured.

After hand-harvesting, hand sorting, and whole cluster pressing, the juice was barrel fermented with 100% native yeast. This was followed by a slow malolactic fermentation and weekly bâtonnage. The wine spent 13 months in French oak barrels (35% new) and was bottled without filtration to preserve aromatics and texture.

Our 2009 Chardonnay is rich, concentrated and structured. The aromas and flavors feature white peach, golden delicious apples, vanilla and crème brûlée. The palate is rich and concentrated with spice and toasted oak while fine natural acidity keeps the wine in balance.