2021 Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc

90 Points -

Pouring a golden hue, the 2021 Chenin Blanc Jurassic Vineyard is fresh and expressive with ripe pineapple, wet stone, and yellow flowers. Medium to full-bodied, with an attractive soft texture, it’s ripe and juicy with ripe yellow peach, orange pith, and fresh with a long, clean finish. This is drinking well now, so drink it while it’s young. - Audrey Frick, jebdunncuk.com, July 2023

Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc

Tasting Notes

The aroma in the 2021 is delicate, showing hints of wildflowers and lemon peel. On the palate, the wine is seamless and elegant. Quince and lemon pith flavors are complemented by a light, chalky undertone, and a long mineral finish.

Historic Acclaim

2021: 90 points A.F., JebDunnuck.com, July 2023
2020: 95 points, A.G., Vinous, January 2023
2020: 91 points E.B., Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, July 2022
2020: 91 points M.K., Wine Enthusiast, July 2022
2020: 90 points J.D., JebDunnuck.com, August 2022
2019: 93 points A.G., Vinous, July 2021
2018: 93 points A.G., Vinous, August 2020
2016: 91 points J.D., JebDunnuck.com, June 2019
2016: 91 points L.P.-B., Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2019

Vineyard & Vintage Character

The Jurassic Vineyard is situated in the Santa Ynez valley, at an elevation of about 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.

Hand-harvested fruit is whole-cluster-pressed using a gently Champagne-style cycle. The juice settles overnight with no additions and is then racked to neutral French oak barrels. Here the fermentation starts spontaneously and finishes leisurely in three to four weeks. The wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation, with the help of naturally occurring organisms and regular stirring of the lees. The elevage is complete aer approximately one year in barrel, after which it is racked off the lees cleanly and bottled without filtration.

Wine Details

Barrel fermented in 100% Neutral French Oak barrels

Time in Oak: 10 months

TA: 6.1 g/L

pH: 3.37

Alcohol 12.1 %

Cases produced: 135

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