2018 Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg
We have long been fans of Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, and over the years have searched for local Chenin Blanc grapes to make a crisp, dry wine from this classic varietal. We discovered an ideal vineyard in Clarksburg California, home to the vast majority of Chenin Blanc grapes grown in California. This unique area is in the Sacramento River delta, where cool breezes from the San Francisco Bay cool the grapes, creating hot afternoons and cool evenings that make for ideal conditions to grow Chenin Blanc. We use a 500 gallon egg-shaped concrete fermentation vessel to highlight the minerality of the grapes, and the results have exceeded our expectations.
Warm vintage conditions brought us perfectly ripe Chenin Blanc grapes, with flavors and acidity in balance. We picked the grapes at night to keep them as cold as possible and pressed the grapes to our egg-shaped concrete fermenter immediately on arrival at the winery. As is our style, we fermented the grapes on the native yeasts found on the grape skins. After a slow start, the fermentation suddenly took off like a rocket, and the wine quickly reached dryness. We love to bottle our white wines as soon as possible, to keep the freshness and liveliness of the wine intact. We bottled 675 cases of the wine in February, and it was ready for release just a few months after. Chenin blanc is certainly one of our favorite wines for pairing with food, as well as on its own as an aperitif.
Production: 675 cases
|Aromas:||Beautiful pear with hints of apricot, minerals, honeycomb, grapefruit, pear, sweet spice finish|
|Taste:||Rich, viscous texture, pear and apricot fruit, hints of grapefruit, crisp acidity, long, lively stonefruit finish.|