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2015 Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

2015 Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg
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This wine evolves into a crisp melange of refreshing fruit from honeydew to citron lemon, ripe kiwi and tart pippin apples. The wine finishes juicy while remaining appropriately acidic and dry with sweet green apple and mango nectar flavors.

This is our 18th year of producing Chenin Blanc from Wilson Farms in Clarksburg California, near Sacramento in the Delta. What is special about this location (especially for Chenin Blanc) is the micro climate. This area is about 90 miles East of San Francisco which is an inland valley floor location, prone to heat; however, because of its proximity to the SF Bay, the area is cooled down in the afternoon due to the marine influence. The cool breezes remove heat, yet allow for optimal daytime sunlight and ripening to occur. This cooling effect allows the grapes to maintain larger than normal (for an inland location) natural acidities which inherently makes better wine.

The grapes for this wine are harvested in the middle of the night so we receive them nice and cold at the winery bright and early (usually 5 am). We hand sort the grapes and go direct to the press, expressing the juice and cold settling for about 3 days. After the juice is settled, we rack the unfermented juice clean and into stainless steel tanks and ferment cold and slow to express as much aromatics as possible. The wine is not put through malo-lactic so as to preserve the natural acidity and maintain this as an important part of the flavor profile.

This wine pairs fabulously with grilled fish tacos and salsa fresca, avocado, fresh lime and cilantro. Try it with summer salads like blood orange, shaved fennel and arugula in a champagne vinaigrette. Or a chioggia beet salad with toasted walnuts and gorgonzola or grilled yellowfin tuna with fresh guacamole, roasted fingerling potatoes and Maui onions.

91 points, “Editor’s Choice”
Wine Enthusiast, 08/17

“This exciting, refreshing, superbly balanced
wine has crisp green apple aromas and lively, almost
electric lemon, lime and cucumber flavors. It’s a
great choice for lunch or with an appeitizer course,
since it’s sure to get the conversation—as well as the

89 points
Wine & Spirits 10/17

“This lush, almost waxy chenin has a refreshing peatendril
greenness that acts as an appetizing counterpoint
to its weighty texture. A hint of lavender spice
gives it surprising nuance relative to its accessible price.”

89 Points
Wine Enthusiast, 12/15

“The charms of this full-bodied wine are mainly in
the substantial and viscous texture, while mild mineral
and apricot flavors provide subtle backup. Far from
being simply fruity, the style emphaizes the soothing,
mouth-coating feel of the wine.”

"Best Buy"
Wine & Spirits, 02/16

“A floral Chenin with a hint of sweetness, this has a
refreshing green-apple tang. The flavors aren’t long or
complex, but its verve would match yellowtail crudo.”


California Chenin Blanc: The Chronicle recommends
Jon Bonné

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"2010 Vinum Cellars Clarksburg Chenin Blanc-Viognier ($12, 13.5%): Winemakers Chris Condos and Richard Bruno have staked a claim on Chenin, which among other things made up their "Chard-No-Way" in years past. Harnessing what has become a quintessential mix - Chenin from the Clarksburg appellation in the Sacramento River Delta, blended with Viognier - they found a refreshing, crisp expression, full of Bosc pear and pumpkin seed, with ripe lychee and lean wheatgrass. A great example of table wine done right."


89 Points & BEST BUY
Wine Enthusiast, April 2011

"Brilliantly dry and acidic, an Old World-style wine whose price shouldn’t mis- lead you. This is a serious food wine, dry and minerally, with lemon and lime flavors. Best Buy." —S.H.


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Chenin Blanc
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