Greetings my fellow winos,
Just a brief note to mention that I and my winetasting group will be participating from nyc in a live simultaneous tasting event being put on by the folks at Chalk Hill Winery in Sonoma this coming Wednesday, August 26th. The basic idea is that people all around the country will taste along with the winemaker of Chalk Hill, post their notes on Twitter, etc., and I will be filming the impressions of my tasting group and reviewing the wines. I think a live feed of the winemaker will be available on Ustream as well, so check the details link below for more information or follow ChalkHillEstate on Twitter.
If you would like to join in too, there’s still time to order from the winery and take advantage of a 20% off deal. Details can be found here. Or, just pick up a bottle from your local store; wines tasted will be the 2006 Chalk Hill merlot and the 2007 Chalk Hill sauvignon blanc.
About the wines, I haven’t tasted these new vintages, but I have tasted Chalk Hill’s merlot twice over the years. Both times, my impression was that this was higher quality, refined merlot with a lot of fruit and depth. Another way I describe it is “tastes expensive” – but be aware, the wines carry a premium price too (about $50 a bottle). Definitely a splurge for the budget-minded, but in my experience, these wines do deliver.
I’ll be throwing in a bottle of 1996 Chalk Hill merlot that I have in my collection into our tasting in NYC for comparison with the 2006, so we’ll be able to get a little perspective on the evolution of these wines as well. Please check back here for our results and share yours too! Cheers,
Bottles of the 2006 Chalk Hill merlot and 2007 Chalk Hill sauvignon blanc have been received for review purposes, free of charge.