CHALK HILL ESTATE has a long history experimenting with Chardonnay, both
in the vineyard and the winery. One of the great things about an estate is
the ability to take the time to do things carefully and thoughtfully. Each
Chardonnay block here is planted with the ideal clone and rootstock, the
result of years of learning what works best where. This Chardonnay is
composed of clone 15 and 17 grown in our Wright Creek Estate Vineyard.
Clone 15 originated in Prosser, Washington and clone 17, or the “Robert
Young” clone, originally came from the Wente Vineyard in the 1960’s.
Each Chardonnay barrel is unique, from variations in the barrels themselves
to the particular native yeast population that ferments the juice in that
barrel. When blending our club Chardonnays, we choose the specific barrels
that best show off the characteristics of that vineyard.