2017 Chenin Blanc

2017 Chenin Blanc

A dry wine with sparkling acidity around the edges. It has flavors and aromas of green plums, green herbs, fresh pears, honey, anise & granny smith apples and will pair well with a variety of foods or is just as enjoyable on its own.

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SKU: 1098
Wine Specs
Chenin Blanc
Carmel Valley
Vineyard Designation
Harvest Date
October 25, 2017
Neutral French & Acacia barrels
Bottling Date
January 11, 2018
Alcohol %
Winemaker Notes
It has been my dream throughout my wine production career to make Chenin Blanc. I have long loved & respected the wines of Vouvray and my time in Monterey has only spurred my interest in the grape as there are areas in our lovely region that would be perfect for this varietal. Chardonnay is largely grown now in places where Chenin Blanc or Gewurztraminer formerly grew so it is a rare opportunity these days to be able to produce a wine from this varietal.
Vineyard Notes
This year an extraordinary opportunity fell into our laps—we were able to purchase fruit from Heller Estate in upper Carmel Valley. This estate—when it was owned by the Durneys—was established in the 1960’s and most of the “old vines”growing now were planted in the early 1970’s. Not only was this a chance to finally make a Chenin Blanc but also to produce one from old vines that have been grown organically all of their lives! Chenin is grown prolifically all over the world for different reasons as it is an incredibly versatile varietal. It is grown to be blended into low-end table wines, made into a variety of styles of still wine, fermented into sparkling wine, dessert wine and is even a favorite varietal for spirits distillation.
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