2007 Chateau Felice Chalk Hill Zinfandel Estate
Mission Codename: Everything Nice
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Send Agent Petite Verdot to Chateau Felice to procure their boldly delicious 2007 Estate Zinfandel, a wine that is much sought-after by Zinfandel fans around the world
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Chateau Felice
Wine Subject: 2007 Chateau Felice Zinfandel Estate
Winemaker: Tami Collins
Backgrounder: The Chalk Hill AVA (American Viticultural Appellation) is technically a sup-appellation of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley AVA. Most of the vineyards in the Chalk Hill AVA are located on the western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, near the town of Windsor. Vineyards here, which are host to a wide range of grape varietals, are characterized by their volcanic soils that have a chalky appearance. Read Agent Petite Verdot’s review of today’s wine, followed by he winemaker interview, below.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Mesmerizing, in a deep, dark purple with glittering black cherry undertones and plum edges. Long thin legs fall slowly after swirling.
Smell – Sweet and Spicy! Delicate vanilla and nutty oak are accentuated by fennel seed, black licorice and cassis. Once decanted, white pepper and a dark fruit medley come to the forefront.
Feel- A medium bodied Zin, touting supple velvety tannins and beautiful layers! In the mouth, this wine delights with wonderfully balanced viscosity.
Taste – The best of both worlds, with dark fruit dancing in first! Sweet prune, dried black cherries, fig and blueberry, complimented by a mild minerality, soft cassis, anise, mild pepper and a hint of Asian spice and oregano.
Finish- This zZn has a long soft finish! Velvety tannins linger for a moment and the dissipate across the palate leaving behind slight notes of blueberry! Positively Beautiful.
Conclusion – I loved this wine and declare to be a Zinfandel that is not to be missed! The supple dart fruit, accentuated by the mild spice make this wine a real treat. Sultry tannins and voluptuous fruit make it an ideal pair for Lamb shank and wild rice, or open and serve with mild blue cheese and honey!
Following is a recap of our original mission to Chateau Felice, from February, 2008:
Our own in-house Wine Spies Agents do a great job (if I may say so myself) of keeping current with wines, wineries, trends, and industry buzz – all in order to bring you the best wines, the rarest finds and the best deals available.
Like any good Intelligence Agency (not and oxymoron in our case) we rely on our growing network of spies to help keep us up-to-the-second on goings on in our world.
The wine industry and the individual wines therein are difficult things to track; Sure, vintage charts are a great place to look for general guidelines on which wines to choose from which regions on what year, but these charts leave so many variables unaccounted for.
What you really need is old-fashioned human data gathering and intelligence reporting. That’s where our network comes in. We receive daily Flash Traffic messages from a variety of sources, from winery employees like tasting room personnel, sales-folk or the even the winemakers themselves, to brokers, distributors and members of the wine press. All of our connections and data-collection points add up to one thing for you, our Operative: The best possible wines. The fact that our special winery relationships save you a few dollars can’t hurt either.
One example of the power of our network can be illustrated with today’s wine; The rich, flavorful and wonderfully balanced 2002 American Celebration from Chateau Felice was running low at the winery. Our W.I.N.E. (Wine Internet Nexus Engine) reports this wine as a Must-Drink and when we received reports that supplies were low, I set about to secure an allotment for our Operatives…. and succeeded!
Spring into action now, dear Operative, and grab a few bottles for yourself. Before we run out.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Chateau Felice vineyards and and winery be seen in this satellite photo, along with other Chalk Hill Road wineries..