I have been following the wines of Chalk Hill Estate for almost 20 years. Of the numerous wines they produce – and experimentation has been a big part of their success – I don’t think any has pleased me more than their original Estate Chardonnay. It has always been of the generous, overtly creamy and sensual style. One hates to use the “buttery-oaky” moniker, because that seems to conjure a negative: indicating fat, galumphing, “nothing subtle about it” to many readers. But if a big wine is balanced and refreshing, as today’s example is, it’s hard to find a more impressive white to accompany your grander dishes. One wouldn’t poo-poo a majestically bold Cabernet Sauvignon, and this 2015 Chardonnay joins similarly into those ranks. Don’t hesitate if you want your richness served up in a goblet!
2015 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay $42 srp
Golden straw color with green highlights. An overt cornucopia of scents, including apple, melon, pineapple and banana. A complimentary element features vanilla-coated coconut. Flavors are creamy, full-bodied yet taut and fresh. Stone fruits, and juicy lemon are joined by almond, caramel and a long finish with a salty, mineral edge to balance and lengthen it beautifully. A full-throttle style that, although delicious now, would enjoy a bit of cellar time. Try with Coquilles St. Jacques, Grouper or a luscious, Parmesan-laden risotto. Drink now-2023.