Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine Review Rated 90 Intense, highly ripened and perilously close to being too much, this dramatic, big-bodied red blend hews to the no-holds-barred opulence that has become a signature trait of Chalk Hill's wines of late. Those who hold that less is more will not find special pleasure here, but folk who fancy rich oak, ripeness and swagger need look no further. We admit that it is too hot for its own good and that we would not try pairing it with anything less than very flavorful foods, but when held for a few years and matched with savory, slowly braised lamb shanks, it has the potential shine brightly.
Wine Advocate Review Rated 89 The 2008 Estate Red is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Syrah and 2% Carmenere. This full-throttle, opulent red caresses the palate with silky dark fruit, exotic spices, chocolate, camphor, licorice and tar. There is nothing subtle about the Estate Red, yet all of the elements are nicely balanced through to the rich, sumptuous finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018.
Wine Tasting Notes Deep, dark and dense, our Estate Red has a compelling bouquet packed with cherries, cassis, blackberries and cardamom. The palate is lush and concentrated with layers of blackberries, blueberries, hazelnut and cocoa. The supporting tannins are nicely concealed by the lush, opulent texture. While it shows surprisingly well now, this wine will only get better with time.