The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown has review some of Chapel Hill’s latest releases and we are pretty excited by her thoughts. Check them out.
Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache 2011
Drink 2013 – 2019
Matured 16 months in 300-liter French hogsheads of which 11% were two-year-old, 33% three-year-old, 38% four-year-old and 18% five-year-old, the 2011 Bush Vine Grenache is medium garnet-purple in color with aromas of raspberry preserves and crushed mulberries over suggestions of mandarin peel, white pepper and cardamom. Full-bodied and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, it gives tons of spiced red berry flavor layers with balancing acidity and medium levels of chewy tannins. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2019+.
The Vicar Shiraz
Drink 2015 – 2025
Aged slightly longer (21 months) in 300 liter hogsheads, of which 97% was French and 3% American, the 2010 The Vicar Shiraz is very deep purple-black in color and has a youthful nose with slightly restrained aromas of blackberries and black plums over hints of pepper, spice box, yeast extract, earth and underbrush plus a whiff of lavender. Full-bodied and tightly knit in the mouth, it is solidly built with firm, grainy tannins and a good line of acid cutting through the densely packed, concentrated flavors that finish with excellent length. Consider drinking it from 2015 to 2025+.
The Chosen House Block Shiraz 2010
Drink 2013 – 2022
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 The Chosen House Block Shiraz is a single vineyard wine from the “House Block” that also sees 20 months in 300-liter French hogsheads with a similar blend of aged barrels. It opens with a nose of black cherries and crushed black raspberries with suggestions of thyme, lavender and black pepper. Elegantly fruited, it has a medium to full-bodied palate with plenty of vibrant red and black berry flavors complemented with a touch of toasty oak, crisp acid and supported with a medium to firm levels of grainy tannin. It finishes long and while approachable now it should drink to 2022+.
The Chosen Road Block Shiraz 2010
Drink 2013 – 2022
Aged 20 months in 300-liter French hogsheads of which 18% were new, 34% were second use and 48% on their third use, the 2010 The Chosen Road Block Shiraz is deep garnet-purple in color with aromas of warm cassis and blackberry preserves with nuances of toast, cedar, violets and smoky bacon. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, it fills the palate with ripe berry and savory flavors, a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2022+.
The Chosen Gorge Block Cabernet 2010
Drink 2014 – 2024
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 The Chosen Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon shows off an intense nose of creme de cassis, fresh blackberries and ripe plums with nuances of cedar, roses and dried herbs. Full-bodied and taut in the mouth, it is packed with muscular blackberry and mint flavors with a firm backbone of chewy tannins and balanced acidity before finishing with good length. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+.