The famous Chalone Vineyards has recently reopened the tasting room on weekends and we could not resist a visit. We tasted through their range of wines and found a number that were very nice. Now its a bit of a drive up to the tasting room so we took a picnic lunch with us and that was a stoke of genius as it was a spectacular day.
The wine that got the honor of joining us for our picnic lunch was an attention getting and delightful Chenin Blanc. This Chenin Blanc was 100% whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel and French barrels.
It immediately catches your attention with its bright fruit as it is beautifully balanced. This wine is medium bodied, with a delightful and racy acidity and has great finish. This wine would make a delicious aperitif but would also go very nicely with everything from melon and prosciutto to chicken salad, Thai curries and spicy Mexican dishes and even a homely ham cheddar and tomato sandwich.
What makes this not only a good wine but a wine of interest is the history. Here is some info from Chalone Vineyards.
This exclusive bottling of Chenin Blanc comes from a venerable, head-trained vineyard planted in 1919 on our mountain estate. The synergy between old vines, unique terroir and the superb 2012 vintage created a truly amazing Chenin Blanc that brims with juicy pineapple and Fuji apple expression. Jasmine and mineral notes add complexity, while balanced acidity focuses the flavors and enlivens the finish.
We all really enjoyed this wine with our picnic and rate it a 7 and $1 over ****. We subscribed to their newsletter and got 10% off wich brought it into full **** range.
Happy Wine Adventures,
Kiwi & Koala