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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier

Napa Valley, California

Pine Ridge

This 80 hectare estate was founded in 1978 when Gary Andrus planted the property’s original vineyard in Stags Leap on a terraced hillside flanked by a ridge of pine trees...

They now have vineyards across five sub-zones in Napa: four in the Stags Leap District, three in Rutherford, three in Carneros and one each in Howell Mountain and Oakville. This diversity gives winemaker Michael Beaulac many different blending options from which to choose each year, the results of which can been seen in the stunningly high quality of the wines they produce.

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Vineyards

The grapes come from Clarksburg which is in the Sacremento river delta. This means that it is fairly warm with an almost constant breeze which helps to retain freshness and acidity in the grapes. The soils tend to be deep clay with excellent water holding capacity. The trellising is bi-lateral cordon.

Vintage information

Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set and a lengthy stretch of warm days with cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley‘s abundant treasured grapes found optimal ripeness with a smooth balance of acids and sugars, bringing exceptional quality into the cellar.

Vinification

The grapes were destemmed and the berries crushed upon arrival at the winery. The free run juice was combined with the press fraction to increase mouth feel. Two different types of yeast were used to add complexity and aromatics. Fermentation was cool at about 13ºC. The wine was aged in stainless steel tank without malolactic fermentation in order to retain the pure varietal fruit character in the final wine.

Tasting Notes

A refreshing bouquet of succulent fruit and delicate florals on the nose, opening with honeydew melon, sweet white peach and ripe green plum touched with hints of spiced white tea and apple blossom. Crisp yellow grapefruit on the palate, with pineapple and sumptuous honeyed pear notes. Lush and lively fruit flavours linger through the clean and slightly off-dry finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 80% Chenin Blanc
20% Viognier
Region Napa Valley, California
Winemaker Michael Beaulac
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 5.97g/l
Residual Sugar 7.89g/l