This dark ruby wine offers aromas of bright cherry, toasty oak, clove and baking spices. A medium-bodied palate with bright acidity and juicy flavors of cherry, strawberry, and subtle notes of dried herbs. And a finishes with velvety soft tannins and lingering notes of vanilla oak. This is a fruit-forward, approachable, and elegant wine that should be enjoyed upon release.
Winery: Since its founding, Chalk Hill has been producing artisan wines from our Estate vineyards in the hills of northeastern Sonoma County. For four decades we have studied, prodded and coaxed our complex terroir to ensure that our Estate wines deliver vivid aromatics, commanding flavors, great character and regional accuracy. While our 300+ acres of vineyards surrounding the winery will always be the cornerstone of our identity, starting with the 2012 vintage, we started producing our first Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This 2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes from extraordinary vineyards throughout Sonoma County consisting primarily of Foley Family Estate Vineyards. Our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir features fruit from some of the best sites in Carneros, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Sonoma Coast.
Winemaking: 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. A few heat spells in June were followed by moderate temperatures in July. Then, a heat spike in the last weekend of August through the beginning of September propelled the harvest schedule and helped intensify fruit flavors. The fruit for this 2017 Pinot Noir was brought into the winery from September 26 – September 29, 2017 at optimal ripeness.