Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Chenin Blanc is a perfect match for summer. As shown in the Dry Creek Vineyard 2012 Dry Chenin Blanc, it is a breezy, light wine, perfect for watching clouds drift by.
Chenin Blanc is a French grape that has gained popularity in the New World, particularly in South Africa. I first began to appreciate it though French Vouvray. Vouvray has generous fruit and sometimes has a little frizzante to tickle the palate.
The grapes for the DCV come from Clarksburg near Sacramento. It has a low alcohol percentage of 12.5% and a smidge of residual sugar at 0.6%.
This is a versatile wine that will be a hit with those who appreciate Sauvignon Blanc. Although the Chenin is crisp, it doesn’t have the jarring acidity that some Sauv Blancs display.
It has a clean citrus and apple flavors with a taste of minerality.
Grab a bottle or two and let’s keep the summer going!
Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.