2017 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Estate

Year: 2017
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :


"Intense and well-structured, with flavors of Bosc pear, Fuji apple and ruby grapefruit, supported by firm acidity. Dried savory herb notes linger on the fresh, pure-tasting finish. Drink now through 2023. 8,000 cases made. — KM" (WS)

"The 2017 Chardonnay Estate opens with notes of toast, cream, lemon pith and hay over a core of Red Delicious apple and banana chips. The medium-bodied palate is rounded and creamy with toasty spice and honey notions, finishing long and lifted with juicy acidity. 8,230 cases produced." (WA)

"This wine is intensely aromatic in orange blossom and oak, leading to full-bodied and concentrated flavors of pear, apple and brioche. Made in a hearty, accessible style, it leaves the palate tasting of vanilla cream. Virginie Boone" (WE)

Winery Notes:
2017 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.

2017 began with heavy rains in winter, which reinvigorated the vineyards going into bud break. The region had sunny days throughout the spring and summer, and a heat spike in August which propelled the harvest schedule. Both poised and expressive our 2017 Estate Chardonnay delivers aromas of lemon, zested orange peel and a hint of toasted marshmallow from the oak influence. Balanced and full with concentrated flavors of lemon oil are followed by rich and creamy minerality. Our Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception.