|2007 Chalk Hill, Estate Red
Having been born into a wine loving, grape growing, East
Coast family, it was natural that the concept of a
family-owned, fine wine estate would lead Jordan Chalk
Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery.
Innately practical and analytical, Jordan embarked on and
received a degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College,
and to express her artistic side, minored in Italian
literature. It's no surprise that her post graduate work led
ultimately to Tuscany and the renowned house of Antinori
where she participated in the production of some fabulous
red wines, the likes of Solaia, Tignanello and Marchese
Fully steeped in the science and intrigue of producing these luxury wines led her to pursue
a Master's Degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of California at Davis.
Taking her combined practical and academic knowledge back to her home in the mountain
new vineyards and building a fully equipped winery.
After several vintages, Jordan and her Italian-born husband decided to relocate to the less
capricious weather of Sonoma County. Settling in centrally-located, family friendly Windsor,
she joined the Chalk Hill winemaking team under then-winemaker Steven Leveque. Jordan
is continuing the advancements that Steven has made in unlocking the character of each
"From my first day at Chalk Hill, and every day since, I continually revel in the beauty of the
each vintage I find that I'm so lucky to be able to shepherd these personality-filled grapes
into the bottle."
Jordan resides in Windsor, near Chalk Hill, with her daughter Morgane and her husband
Emanuele. While not working, Jordan enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, hosting friends
and family and travel.
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
"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, Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate
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