2015 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Estate

Year: 2015
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :


"Lots of spice, apricot, fig and honeydew melon flavors combine for a full-bodied, mouth-coating experience, with a finish that sails on and on, gaining depth. Drink now through 2022. 15,000 cases made.–JL" (WS)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Estate delivers scents of guava, mango, ripe melon and allspice with hints of buttered toast and praline. Full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth with tons of tropical fruit flavors matched by a pleasant oiliness to the texture and refreshing acid line, it finishes long and spicy." (WA)

"Long on oaky richness but keyed first and last on concentrated, ripe apple fruit with touches of lemon cream and toasted brioche deftly floating in and out of the picture, Chalk Hill's least pricey Chardonnay is no less ambitious than its full-throttle cellarmates and is, by a small degree, the deepest, best controlled of the three. It is ripe and weighty, to be sure, but handily steers away from softness, and its slightly oily entry is followed by a nicely fit bit of firming acidity. It already shows a fine sense of layering, yet its sustained impressions of youthful strength bode very well for two or three years of improvement. Reviewed: January 2018" (CG)

Winery Notes:
THE CHALK HILL 2015 ESTATE CHARDONNAY captures the vibrant, complex and classic character of our estate-grown grapes. We are dedicated to making exceptional Chardonnay, and no detail is overlooked. In the vineyard, focused planting of the ideal clone on each vineyard block, managing yields for optimum ripeness and balance, and the work of a dedicated crew are among the keys to our success. Chardonnay is a winemaker’s grape, molded into its most interesting self by native yeast fermentation and aging in carefully chosen French oak barrels and frequent lees stirring. It is a labor-intensive wine, but the rewards are most certainly worth the hard work and attention.