One of the pioneers in the Sonoma Valley, Chalk Hill was founded in 1972 by a San Francisco attorney named Fred Furth. Fred was struck by the awesome beauty of the land while piloting over it one day, and the rest, as they say, is history.
While 46 years is relatively a short span in the world of wine, in California, it's a lifetime. After all, this was before Jordan, before the legendary "Judgment of Paris" tasting of 1976, and only six years after Robert Mondavi Winery was founded.
Chalk Hill is also the name of the appellation here. It straddles the cool Russian River and the warmer Alexander Valley, combining the best of both worlds and allowing for more diversity in grape selection. Chalk Hill Winery built a reputation on Cabernet and Merlot, but soon found footing with the cool-climate Pinot Noir as well. Needless to say, the winery has excelled at every level.
I am not going to even call this a Ros?, because really, it is more Pinotesque than Ros?esque and why we chose the wine. The grapes came from the coolest areas of the Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Harvested early in the morning, they were taken to the winery and gently crushed at cold temperatures.
The juice was allowed to sit on the skins for a few hours to extract the lovely deep pink hue it shows off and finally finished in stainless steel. The result is a lush offering of cherry and raspberry mingled with rose petals, pink grapefruit and a touch of lime zest. Perfection in the glass.