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by Fred McMillin
for August 21, 1997
I Found My Thrill on Old Chalk Hill
Mark's Blanc vines grow on the highest part of the sloping vineyard; excess foliage is removed by hand to maximize sun exposure. He strives to get the grapes completely ripe...so 1995 was his kind of year. The weather permitted an extra two weeks on the vine Ripening was even and "ideal." The result is another one of those "brightest star" Chalk Hill Blancs. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
1995 Sauvignon Blanc, Appellation—Chalk Hill
Postscript: The Name Game. Chalk Hill is the name of both the winery and the district that contains it. It's located at the warmer, eastern end of the Russian River Valley. Fred Furth owns some 1,100 of its 21,000 acres.
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