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• Lots of enticing tropical fruit aromas like baked pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest and flinty minerals. It has lots of enjoyable acidity that highlights its flavors of apricot, honey comb, toasted walnuts, peach, lemon and lime. It finishes with an exciting white pepper/jalepeño note.
Dear Chenin Blanc,
Poor chenin blanc. Poor, poor, misunderstood chenin blanc. After poor, poor, misunderstood riesling, you, my friend, may be the most underappreciated grape in the wine world.
Yes, I know that there are a number of mildly sweet, perfume-like interpretations of you that have a limited appeal to many wine lovers. And there is that confounding French wine classification system that only lists places like Vouvray and Savennières, located in your Loire Valley homeland, with nary a mention of your name, chenin blanc, anywhere on the label. If white-wine-loving Americans only knew of the rewards found in the middle of the Loire Valley, you could be an instant star.
But there is hope for you, chenin blanc. Some wineries like Dry Creek Vineyard and Daniel Gehrs, both of California, make completely dry, refreshing, racy wines with you. They are every bit as bracing and enjoyable as your ubiquitous cousin, sauvignon blanc, but far more interesting…mostly because they are not sauvignon blanc.
So, hang in there chenin blanc. People will find you. And when they do, they will love you just as much as I do.