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    Chalk Hill Estate Red (375ML half-bottle) 2007
    Other Red Blends - Sonoma County, California

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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine Spectator

    Region: Sonoma County, California

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 15.1%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 109822

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2007 Estate Red marks the culmination of thirty years of site-specific research with the goal of creating a single red wine that evokes the unique character of the Chalk Hill Estate. We have matched our diverse terrain, soils and mesoclimates to specific Bordeaux varieties, clones and rootstocks. The Estate Red combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Grown on rocky hillsides with sunny aspects, our red vineyards are thinned to low yields and canopies are diligently maintained to ensure the clusters reach optimum maturity. We are dedicated to managing tannins in the vineyard and patiently wait for flavor development as single vineyard blocks are micro-managed and frequently divided into multiple harvests to achieve desired ripeness. Winemaking practices are geared toward extracting the softest tannins from the skins and promoting fruit expression, with a combination of tank and barrel fermentations. Aged in French oak barrels for 20 months, this wine is a compilation of 42 small lots, each treated individually until the initial blending at 10 months barrel age. Aromas are varied and complex, featuring warm black raspberries, crème de cassis, violets, roasted herbs, and pipe tobacco. The palate delivers concentrated red fruits, dried cranberries and black plum leading to a more savory element of sage and black pepper. Textured yet silky, the wine finishes long and is enjoyable upon release, but will also age beautifully for the next 15+ years.

    Blend 51% cabernet sauvignon; 24% malbec; 13% merlot; 11% petit verdot; 1% carmenère

    Critical Acclaim:

    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.

    95 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Made in the modern style, this Cabernet-based Bordeaux-style blend was aged in mostly new French oak for 20 months, so it shows plenty of toasty, oaky notes. It's softly delicious, with tiers of raspberry, cherry, red currant, milk chocolate, violet and dried herb flavors. wrapped into the smoothest possible tannins. An extrodinarily beautiful wine for drinking now and the next 4-5 years.

    95 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Bold, rich, graceful and full-bodied, offering a wonderful beam of ripe blackberry, currant and wild berry, with touches of spice and tobacco leaf. Full-bodied, firming on the finish, where the flavors gain depth and maintain persistence. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. Drink now through 2017.

    93 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    User Reviews:

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    Drew Coleman (12/17/2011)
    Very Smooth and enjoyable. Not sure if worth the price but very good.
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    Wolfmagic 2012 (12/2/2011)
    OMG this is good! 1/2 bottles are all that's left. I'll race ya to see who can get the most!
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    John Westcott (9/13/2012)
    Even with my new rule to avoid half bottles, this Chalk Hill was superb in every way. My wife asked for me every night until it was gone.
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    Oban (5/15/2012)
    fantastic wine! one of the best we have ever had. Price $$$$
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    eddie, middle aged guitar player (11/23/2012)
    I honestly had no idea what to expect, as the wine was in a small bottle, and was made of Boreaux grapes. This wine was fantastic. It was the best wine I have had in years. I was amazed. The color was a beautiful dark garnet, with this blue/purple hue. The nose was incredible, showing lavendar, anise, currants, and dark fruits. the flavor followed, with rich, intense fruit, rich in blackcherry, currants, a touch of anise, and mild oakiness. Unfortunately, because it was in a smaller bottle, I did not believe it would have the capacity for aging well. I just loved this wine.
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    elf (3/22/2012)
    Wow. This wine is beautiful! Dark fruit, plush tannins, that sweetish edge that I really enjoy in a fine Cab. I wish I had bought more.
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    "The Nose Knows" (12/13/2011)
    It's good juice but, I was expecting more. Honestly, expectation of this great vintage was unrealized with this bottling.
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    widebod (11/16/2011)
    Pours dark, much like a Paso Zin or an Australian Syrah. Very big and jammy at first but after at least an hour in the glass it became more complex. Not a typical Napa Cab, but was the first bottle opened in a lot of 6 bottles.
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    rick brennan (1/7/2012)

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