2016 Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc
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This wine comes from a vineyard planted in 1982 at 1,000 feet of elevation. It was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 12 months in 100% French oak (all used) and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2016 Chenin Blanc Jurassic Vineyard opens with alluring apple tart, honeycomb, poached pears and fresh hay notes with a touch of white pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate has an almost electric intensity of apple and pear flavors with a zippy line of freshness and a satin-textured finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, February 2019
Aromas of beeswax and honeydew present a beautiful entry, and is followed by bright acidity and chalky minerality that is framed by notes of Granny Smith apple, lemon rind and quince.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
The Jurassic Vineyard is situated in the Santa Ynez valley, at an elevation of approximately 1000 ft. The name pays tribute to the fossil rich soils of the area. This own-rooted vineyard was planted in 1982 on very well-drained sandy and limestone laden soils. A constant breeze from the cold Pacific cools down this sunny site, and the old vines are forced to search deep underground for nutrients and water. Over time, these conditions have turned the vineyard into a gnarly, but charming site for highly textural Chenin Blanc.
Barrel fermented in 100% Neutral French Oak barrels
Time in Oak: 12 months
TA: 5.8 g/L
Alcohol 12.6 %
Cases produced: 155