Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery, the iconic winemaking estate of Sonoma County, has been named to the Wine Spectator Top 100 list for 2021. The Chalk Hill 2019 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay placed #84 on the annual list of the world’s best wines. Earlier this year, Wine Spectator’s Kim Marcus awarded the wine 91 points in their review:
“Well-integrated flavors of Gala apple and ripe Bosc pear are swathed with creamy richness in this broad-textured style, with cooking spice accents lingering on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2024.”
This is the sixth wine produced by Foley Family Wines to earn a spot on one of the wine industry’s most celebrated lists. The five FFW wines previously making the list include…
- The Four Graces 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills (#29, 2020)
- The Four Graces 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley (#50, 2018)
- Foley Johnson 2014 Meritage, (#100, 2018)
- Lancaster 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (#86, 2017)
- Merus 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (#95, 2008)
Foley Family Wines Second-Generation Vintner Courtney Foley celebrated the placement, saying, “We are honored to be recognized by Wine Spectator in their coveted Top 100 Wines list. Crafting beautiful and expressive Chardonnay has long been the mission at Chalk Hill. As we come into our 50th year anniversary at the Estate (in 2022), this honor speaks to years of clonal trials, and to the unwavering dedication and focus of our vineyard and production teams. What a thrill for all of us!”
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery was founded in 1972 with a vision to plant grapes along the diverse terrain of Sonoma County’s rolling hills. Chalk Hill Winery lies within a small AVA which bears the same name and has been producing highly acclaimed wines led by its flagship Estate Chardonnay. Meticulous attention to detail, decades of clonal research, sustainable viticulture practices and a minimalist approach to winemaking all combine to produce wines of character, richness and elegance.
While the estate vineyards are the cornerstone of Chalk Hill’s identity, the Sonoma Coast tier of wines represents a selection of vineyard sites grown to exceptional cool climate fruit primarily in the Russian River and neighboring Sonoma Coast AVAs.