There are times when selecting our wine-of-the-month is a difficult process, weighing the merits of many great bottles and taking into consideration their corresponding value. This was not one of those months. Quite simply, the best wine we had over the past month was the 2017 Chalk Hill Estate Red. It is our featured wine for March.
Before we even get to the wine, Chalk Hill Estate just might sit on the single best property in all of Sonoma County. Set high atop Chalk Hill Road roughly 5 miles northeast of the town of Windsor, this winery offers breathtaking views from outside their tasting room. A 180 degree vista of lush, forested trees sweep into the distance, revealing an idyllic pond on the valley floor to the right, and dissect rolling vineyards high on both sides. You could sit, drink wine, and stare all day. We have (well, not ALL day).
The 2017 Chalk Hill Estate Red is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec, and 11% Petit Verdot. It is rich and bold with leather, dark berries, dark chocolate, and a long, supple finish. The tannins are rounded and the wine has great structure. It is mature beyond its years. When our board visited their tasting room last year we tried about a dozen of their varietals and blends and liked every one of them. Part of what makes Chalk Hill wines so fantastic is that most of their offerings are drinkable on release and can lay down for quite some time. This reflects the skill and deft touch of winemaker Courtney Foley and her staff. At Peninsula Underground we receive shipments of wine from all over the world. Perhaps no other winery makes us smile as much as when we open a box and see it’s from Chalk Hill.
What about value?
The U.S. Wine Institute reports that each U.S. resident consumes 2.95 gallons of wine per year, which is nearly 15 bottles. That’s one per month, plus an extra bottle at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and for your birthday. Why not splurge on at least one of those bottles and buy this 2017 Chalk Hill Estate Red for $70? At Peninsula Underground when we talk about great wines of great value we don’t just mean inexpensive wines, we mean wines that outperform their price. Our March wine-of-the-month is not inexpensive but it outperforms its price and will continue to for at least the next 6-7 years. Order yours today and tell them Peninsula Underground sent you: