2019 SIerra Del Mar Vineyard, Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg
This Chenin Blanc is stainless steel fermented cold and slowly over 30 days allowing for optimal development of floral esters which highlight the charm of this varietal. With great minerality, bright fruit and crisp acidity, this wine will quench on a warm day, improve any seafood bounty and it’s your best friend with farmhouse cheeses.Though a refreshing aperitif this wine is ideal with fresh oysters on the half shell with a champagne vinaigrette and freshly grated horseradish. Great with seafood from line-caught sea bass to shrimp and crab. Try it with a flat crust fungi pizza with wild mushrooms and goat cheese or burrata with freshly cut heirloom tomatoes drizzled with aged balsamic and good olive oil.
These grapes are grown in Clarksburg in the California delta with abundant water and fertile soils which are gently cooled in the afternoons from the San Francisco Bay’s cooling trend. Therefore the grapes have high natural acidity and 24 vintages have proven to us that this location is the best for the varietal. We pick the grapes at night time when the grapes are cool. Then the grapes are processed at the winery early in the morning and additionally chilled if required. After pressing the juice from the grapes, we cold settle, rack and then inoculate with yeast. During the cold fermentation, we may rack off the fermentation solids, though not in 2019. After fermentation, we do not put the wine through Malo-Lactic in order to maintain the beautiful high natural acidity from the cool climate of Clarksburg.