Nose

Chenin Blanc offers enticing aromas of honeysuckle, cantaloupe, citrus, and honey and a hint of cinnamon from the new French oak.

Palate

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.

Growing Conditions

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. Sold out.

Harvest

Our Chenin Blanc was harvested about a week earlier than normal.

Aging

Fermented in 50 percent new French oak. Stirring occurred weekly, and the wine was aged in barrel for eight months.

Food Pairing

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.