2012 Chalk Hill Red Blend
Welcome back to Wine Wednesday. I am glad you are joining me. It’s been a hectic day so I’m jumping right into this week’s Wine of the Week Chalk Hill Red Blend. This Sonoma County red blend is quite a stud. I honestly don’t remember my first introduction to the wine, but I always have a bottle on reserve for a special occasion. We plan to open our next bottle of Chalk Hill red blend on my brother-in-law’s birthday in February.
In my opinion, blends typically have more flavor and dimension than single-grape varieties. Chalk Hill red blend is made of a whopping five grapes. These five grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Carmenere. According to the winery, the winery ages the wine in oak for 20 months and then bottles it for eighteen months before releasing it to the public. Let me tell you, it’s definitely worth the wait.
Like an ink well, the Chalk Hill red blend is rich in color, complexity and depth. It is a full-bodied and stunning red blend that is luxurious and velvety. Dark plum flavors blend with rich cocoa and a hint of pepper and spice at the end. It is like silky heaven in my mouth every time. It’s long finish lingers as I chat with my husband or guests. I don’t like to rush this wine. I’m always a bit sad when I finish the bottle. Trust me, you will too.
Once I am ready to serve the wine, I decant it first. Chalk Hill Red Blend pairs nicely with a filet mignon or porter house steak. I give Chalk Hill red blend five stars out of five.
Now, is February here yet? Until then, join me next week as I share another Wine of the Week.