Posts Tagged Chenin Blanc

2015 Dry Creek Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

Pale straw in color. One of the least known wine appellations in California is Clarksburg, located on the rich delta soil south of Sacramento. Here, mild winters and balmy summers allow Chenin Blanc to ripen to perfection. This white varietal has a... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg, California

You could scan the thousands of wines reviewed by Wine Lines over the years, and you would find only a handful that are both Featured Wines (earning a rating of 90 points or higher) and a Value Vino (earning a rating of 88 or higher while priced at... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

This is a fine rendition of an under-appreciated variety, with a nice perfume of apple and citrus blossoms. In the mouth, there’s a sense of minerality that accompanies notes of melon and white peach. Ideal with halibut or Mom’s chicken noodle... Read more

2011 La Ferme de la Sansonnière ‘La Lune,’ Anjou, France

I'm a big believer that Mark Angeli makes some of the best, most under-the-radar wines in France (let alone the Loire Valley and Anjou). His name should be mentioned alongside the likes of Domaine Huet and Francois Chidaine, especially in light of... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

It wouldn’t be summer without a bottle (or three) of Chenin Blanc from Dry Creek Vineyard — one of the few estates that still makes a varietal bottling of this most engaging wine. Dry Creek has been on the Chenin Blanc bandwagon for three... Read more

2011 Chappellet ‘Signature’ Chenin Blanc, Napa Valley

Bright straw color. The floral nose delivers ample complex aromas of honeysuckle, sweet lemon, freshly cut pineapple and hints of vanilla and nuts. Fermented dry, the wine gains a viscous creamy edge in the mouth, a result of barrel fermentation.... Read more

2011 Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Tendre, Loire Valley, France

Faintly sweet and delicately floral, with an undercurrent of minerality and tightly wound acidity, this Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley speaks to Vouvray's most memorable qualities. Vincent Careme has experience producing Chenin quite literally... Read more

2010 Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Demi-Sec, Loire, France

Medium straw. A nose of smoke and sulphur, followed by light lime/citrus and melon. Sweet fruit in the mouth. Retail Wine Cost: $18 Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2010 Domaine Huet Clos Du Bourg Demi-Sec, Vouvray, Loire Valley

Domaine Huet is synonymous with top-flight Chenin Blanc, and is perhaps more remarkable for its across the board consistency year-end year-out than for individual bottlings. And of course, that isn't to say anything bad about the quality of the... Read more

1999 Domaine Aux Moines ‘Roche Aux Moines,’ Savennieres, Loire Valley, France

The 2004 Roche Aux Moines was one of my favorite wines of the past year, with a remarkably saline, mineral-driven structure that spoke to the silex terroir of Savennieres in a way few wines do, while still somehow expressing quintessential Chenin... Read more