Chenin Blanc + Viognier

2017

Crisp, bright, and vivacious, CB+V 2017 is an aromatic white blend boasting a bouquet of oroblanco blossoms, honeysuckle, citrus, tropical fruit, and fresh cut green herbs. The bright entry reveals lychee, key lime, white peach, grapefruit, and nectarine flavors. Lemon-lime and balanced acidity carry through the clean, gentle, lingering finish.

Size
750 ml
Add To Cart
$16.00
 
SKU: CBWBCB17B
Chenin Blanc + Viognier

TASTING NOTES

Tasting Notes
Crisp, bright, and vivacious, CB+V 2017 is an aromatic white blend boasting a bouquet of oroblanco blossoms, honeysuckle, citrus, tropical fruit, and fresh cut green herbs. The bright entry reveals lychee, key lime, white peach, grapefruit, and nectarine flavors. Lemon-lime and balanced acidity carry through the clean, gentle, lingering finish.

Production NOTES

Production Notes
The Chenin Blanc grapes were harvested at low sugar levels to ensure bright fruit character and low alcohol in the finished wine. In contrast, the Viognier from Lodi was picked at 24 degrees Brix to capture the floral and spicy nature as well as the viscosity. After the grapes were crushed, the press wine was blended with the free run juice to increase palate weight. The juice was inoculated with two special yeast strains to maintain the fruity characters and then was fermented cold. To retain and highlight the fruit freshness of CB+V, the wine was fermented and aged in 100 percent stainless steel.

Vineyard NOTES

Vineyard Notes
Grapes for our Chenin Blanc are sourced from the Clarksburg appellation, referred to as the “Gem of the Delta.” It is an appellation that is showing a great affinity for Chenin Blanc. The climate has a moderately long growing season and benefits from the maritime influence of the Sacramento River. The Viognier is sourced from Lodi, which has a classic Mediterranean climate, with warm days and cool nights. Natural air-conditioning is provided by the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta breezes and produces grapes with natural acidity. Rhône varieties like Viognier adapt well in this exciting appellation.

Food Pairings

Food Pairing Notes
This versatile wine pairs well with a number of dishes, from light salads to seafood, and most notably with foods with a hint of spiciness—its subtle sweetness provides balance alongside a touch of heat. It’s the perfect pour for the start of an evening with appetizers of radishes and olives. Also try Chenin Blanc + Viognier with a flavorful Thai curry, a frittata with sweet onions and ricotta, or a shrimp and avocado tostada. For a perfect cheese pairing, enjoy CBV with Vermont Creamery Coupole, a dense goat cheese with mushroom notes. The chesse is clean flavored, not goaty, and it’s less tart than many similar cheeses, so it doesn’t make the wine seem sweeter.

Wine Analysis

  • VINTAGE
    Vintage
    2017
  • VARIETAL
    Varietal
    Chenin Blanc + Viognier
  • COOPERAGE
    Aging
    Our Chenin Blanc was harvested about a week earlier than normal and was fermented in 50 percent new French oak. Stirring occurred weekly, and the wine was aged in barrel for eight months.
  • WINEMAKER
    Michael Beaulac
  • APPELATION
    Appellation
    Clarksburg
  • ALCOHOL
    Alcohol %
    12.5