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Chateau Felice

Chateau Felice It truly was love at first sight when Barry and Phyllis Rodgers first drove through the gate off Chalk Hill Road. The olive trees, the lush meadows, the lakes and the hills, even the abandoned buildings, all captivated their imagination. That June day in 1997, Chateau Felice was conceived. Over the following months, the Rodgers family set to work on the overgrown, unkempt cattle ranch. They re-established roads, dredged and cleaned the lakes, removed dilapidated buildings, and cleared away the poison oak that was virtually everywhere. By 1998, the land was ready for planting 20,000 vines on 24 acres. New structures were built, and wine-making facilities and equipment were installed. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Syrah were found to be ideally suited to the terroir, as well as Chardonnay, which was added in acknowledgment of the excellent varietal produced by the neighboring Chalk Hill Winery. Marketing and sales began in November 2001 with the release of two wines at a Chapman University fund-raising event in Orange County. Since then, production has increased steadily as the estate vines have matured.

From Healdsburg: South on the 101 to the Central Windsor exit. Turn left (South) on Old Redwood Highway, under the freeway, past the fire station to Pleasant Avenue. Turn left (East) and proceed about 2 miles to Chalk Hill Road. Turn left and drive about 3 miles to number 10603 on the left side. (This is a short distance past the entrance to the Chalk Hill Winery.) At the entrance to Chateau Felice, Chalk Hill Road makes a sharp right turn and ascends a hill. (Be careful of oncoming traffic!) If you see the vineyards on your left, you have gone too far.From Santa Rosa or San Francisco: North on the 101 past Airport Road to Shiloh Road. Exit and turn right. Proceed about 2 miles to Old Redwood Highway and turn left. Drive north about 1 mile to Pleasant Avenue and turn right (East). Proceed about 2 miles to Chalk Hill Road. Turn left and drive about 3 miles to number 10603 on the left side. This is a short distance past the entrance to the Chalk Hill Winery. At the entrance to Chateau Felice, Chalk Hill Road makes a sharp right turn and ascends a hill. (Be careful of oncoming traffic!) If you see the vineyards on your left, you have gone too far.

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  "Acier" Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill
Ah, Acier (ahh-see'AY). Hold the butter, and, better yet, we’ll pass on the toast, too. No oak, no malolactic. Whole-cluster pressed and fermented in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel tanks, Acier expresses the pure flavors of the Chardonnay from our estate vineyards.
  American Celebration, Chalk Hill Estate
A Bordeaux blend crafted from our hillside estate vineyards, American Celebration is the flagship of the Felice fleet and the very best the vintage has to offer. Aromas of cherry, leather, blackberry and hints of forest pine and mint all lead into wild berries, plums, cassis and dark chocolate. The fruitforward finish is nothing shy of grand.
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
Our Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted from fruit grown in a near by vineyard more characteristic of the nooks and crannies of the Chalk Hill Appellation, than the typical hot sunny Alexander Valley. Aromas of wild mint, bell pepper, and bouquet garni, combine with powerfully fruity plum and raspberry. The rich flavor is laden with cherry, wild berries, and dark chocolate, before tapering off in a long acid-juicy finish.
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill Estate
This, the first from our estate, truly shows the promise of our young vineyard. Starting off with elegant restraint and then blooming into a full-bodied, fruit-driven wine, the 2001 Cab fills the glass with a rich garnet-red color and exotic perfume. Aromas of wild mint, wild berries, and bouquet garni combine with powerfully fruity plum and saddle leather. The rich flavor is laden with cherry, wild berries and dark chocolate before tapering off in a long acid-juicy finish.
  Chardonnay, Chalk Hill Estate
The Chalk Hill appellation, known for elegant, crisp, and mineral chardonnay, again expresses itself in our 2002 vintage. Bright, fruity, and citrus-y, this chard’s inviting golden color is surrounded by aromas of pear and lemon peel. Spiced apple and tangerine carry on into the flavor, giving way to butterscotch, vanilla and toasty oak.
  Chardonnay, Russian River
  Merlot Estate Reserve
What Merlot is truly capable of. No more cheap, insipid reds that burn the throat. This wine echoes the elegance and flavors of the great wines of Bordeaux. Barrel-selected from the production created for our flagship Bordeaux blend, only a small quantity of this wine was bottled, reflecting its true “reserve” status. Aromas of cassis, violets, sandalwood, cigar box and black cherry lead into a rich, full mouthfeel loaded with ripe plum, raspberry, fraises-de-bois, cocoa, and chewy caramel before lingering on the palate framed by juicy acids and soft tannins.
  Syrah Estate, Chalk Hill
More Frenchy than fruity, this one’s got it all: leather, black cherry, black pepper, musk, flint and mocha rising up to foreshadow flavors of plum, raspberry, game, and Earl Grey. (Not to mention the dark, roasting coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a chewy cherry center.) The long and lingering finish framed by fine tannins just completes the package: on and on, on and on, on and on.
  Syrah, Chalk Hill
Wow! Que Syrah! Raspberry, black cherry, black pepper, leather, flint and mocha rise up from the glass to foreshadow flavors of plum, cherry, game, bittersweet chocolate and Earl Grey. The finish is exceptionally bright with fine tannins framing complex fruit & spice and acids that linger in the mouth. Our Syrah vineyard is on a two-acre east-facing vineyard above the Upper Lake and boasts the poorest soils on the estate. Who knows what influence the poor soils and the lake view had on the grapes? We are sorry that the production is so limited, but this might also be one of the reasons for its excellent characteristics.
  Tall Woman Likes Red, Chalk Hill Estate
A bold and unique blend specifically tailored to a woman’s palate, created by vintner Phyllis Rodgers and winemaker Genevieve Llerena. B-3 contains layer upon layer of spice, ripe plum, black cherry and sandalwood. The savory, rich mouthfeel and cinnamon tannins culminate into a long (tall?!) finish. Wow! What a wine!
  Vermilion, Essence of Zinfandel Aperitif
Vermilion is a whole new approach to Zinfandel. In 2001, Estate Zinfandel was gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed. Then Vermilion wine began as the finest free-run juice, drawn off the skins after 28 hours. The result was a light red must, darker than Rose and more aromatic than white Zinfandel that was then cold-fermented in stainless steel for an extended period, using a unique strain of yeast. This enhanced the fantastic aroma and flavor development.
  Zinfandel Estate
Standing out in a crowd of big and fruity, gigantically jammy Zinfandels, our 2002 has quite a unique personality. It is a subtle wine, with many of its flavors directly resulting from the vineyard. Bay leaf fills the nose while lavender and wild peppermint add a touch of sweetness to the finish. Rich, intense, and incredibly food-friendly, the medium-bodied mouthfeel and spicy, complex, yet some what discreet flavors quickly elevate this wine to a status of elegance.
  Zinfandel Estate Reserve
While sampling our Zinfandel to prepare the 2001 vintage for blending and bottling, seven barrels truly stood out from the rest. They all came from the same fermentation lot and were made by one of France’s finest coopers. The complexity and depth of flavor led our winemaker to treat it with the same respect as our flagship Cabernet, giving it another full year of oak aging. While more akin to the ripe, spicy Zinfandels so typical of California, this wine maintains its true reserve status, and contains all of the subtle charms of our estate vineyard. Laurel, black plum, and wild peppermint encircle the palate, while the richness of black raspberry, chocolate, bay leaf, cherry and peppery spice echo close behind. Ripe cassis, bramble, and even more spice round out the dark flavors and long finish.


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