Saying this wine is well rounded is an understatement!
No my friend, this red blend will broaden your vocabulary and force you to use descriptors such as:
This bottle of Chalk Hill was given to me by my nephew, who I must say is developing quite a sophisticated wine palette!
Often times red blends can teeter on the fruitier, sweeter side of the brix scale. (Brix is a scale of measurement used in winemaking to determine grape sugar content.) 2011 Chalk Hill Red Blend is a magnificent, dynamic, kick a$$, kind of blend that keeps you wanting to discover its complex layers one at a time. One delicious layer at a time!
On the nose you get a blast of smoke and silky oak. Give the glass a swirl and suddenly the aroma turns into spice and tobacco. On the pallete, immediately you taste blackberry, cocoa and then a smooth oak and vanilla finish.
As the wine opens up in the glass it evolves and the flavors become more pronounced. Like magic you could say! According to the Chalk Hill website, this blend can cellar for 8 to 10 years! Once you experience this label it will be hard to forget about it let alone cellar it. Try if you may!
This here Chalk Hill from Sonoma my friends is true love. Here’s the lowdown!
2011 Chalk Hill Red Blend
Appellation: Chalk Hill in Sonoma County, CA
Varietal: 47% Malbec, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Syrah, 3% Carménère
Andrea’s Vista Unofficial Score: 9 out of 10