Wine Spectator 90 points - Elegantly rustic, with savory herb and dusty earth accents amid loamy dark berry, cedar and sage flavors. Finishes strong if a little diffuse, yet the layers of complexity are evident. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Drink now through 2029. 5,492 cases made. -JL.October/2017
Wine Enthusiast 91 points - This is made largely from Cabernet Sauvignon, incorporating Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah. Thick, rich and lush, it shows dense layers of black currant, blackberry, meat, licorice and cedar. It finishes rounded and dripping in chocolate..October/2017
Wine & Spirits 90 points - A blend of cabernet, malbec, petit verdot, merlot and syrah, this might be inky and tannic, but it’s also pretty fresh, with a sweet anise note lifting its dark berry fruit. It feels a bit astringent at first, but the structure turns soft and loamy with air-decant it for grilled pork sausages. (5,492 cases).October/2017
Wine Advocate 92 points - Blended of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and 5% Syrah, the 2014 Estate Red has a deep garnet-purple color and notes of blackberry preserves, creme de cassis and cedar with touches of baking spices, vanilla pod, dark chocolate and Mediterranean herbs. Full bodied, concentrated and generously fruited, it has firm, ripe, velvety tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with the oak poking through. Afford it another 2-3 years in bottle and enjoy it over the next 15+ years..Mark Squires, April/2017
Chalk Hill Estate is a compendium of unique microclimates, exposures and soil types. We are fortunate to be able to make everything from aromatic Sauvignon Blanc to big, bold Syrah. Nowhere is this ideal situation more evident than in our Estate Red, which is just that - the best blend of the red wines made from the estate. Each variety is perfectly matched to the vineyard site. The blend will also vary from year to year, as the vineyard yields and fruit quality depend greatly on the weather during springtime bloom and set, and during harvest.