Chenin Blanc

2015

We looked to the Clarksburg appellation in the Sacramento Delta for this bright, delightful Chenin Blanc. Aromas of honeysuckle, cantaloupe, citrus, and honey lead to a viscous palate of melon, pear, lemongrass, and Meyer lemon. This is a bone-dry wine, whose balanced acidity and clean, refreshing finish make it perfect for sipping and easy to pair with food. Enjoy with crab, scallops in butter, or halibut.

Size
750 ml
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Chenin Blanc

TASTING NOTES

Tasting Notes
Chenin Blanc offers enticing aromas of honeysuckle, cantaloupe, citrus, and honey and a hint of cinnamon from the new French oak. This is a bone-dry wine showing flavors of melon, pear, lemongrass, and Meyer lemon curd and echoes of the honey aroma. The mouthfeel is viscous, a result of weekly lees stirring, and the wine finishes with a bright acidic kick. The clean, refreshing finish makes this a perfect sipping wine and also a versatile wine to pair with food.

Production NOTES

Production Notes
The 2015 vintage experienced continuing drought conditions, with no rainfall in January. Most of the growing season was characterized by warm, dry days combined with cool nights. A reduced berry set and small clusters provided good-quality grapes. 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.

Vineyard NOTES

Vineyard Notes
Chenin Blanc grapes have high acidity and need plenty of sun to ripen and produce delicious fruit flavors. Cool Delta breezes and warm summer days in Clarksburg contribute to a long, dry growing season with a slow and even rate of fruit maturity, leading to an optimal balance of sugar and acid and an outstanding intensity of fruit flavors.

Food Pairings

Food Pairing Notes
Vibrant and bright, this Chenin Blanc would pair wonderfully with a variety of seafood dishes, such as crab, scallops in a butter chive sauce, or halibut with ratatouille. Try it also with grilled lemongrass chicken, a salad of farro with spring peas and watercress, or even roasted-carrot hummus with toasted pita bread. For a cheese course, select soft, creamy cheeses like triple crème brie, herb-crusted goat cheese, or Gruyère.

Wine Analysis

  • VINTAGE
    Vintage
    2015
  • VARIETAL
    Varietal
    Chenin Blanc
  • 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 %
    13.7