93 Points -
"The 2018 Chenin Blanc Jurassic Vineyard is a gorgeous wine that shows just how expressive this Loire variety can be in certain sites in the Santa Ynez Valley. Floral notes lift a core of green orchard and citrus fruit in a Chenin that remains light on its feet. There is plenty of depth, while all the elements are impeccably balanced. This is such a delicious and inviting wine." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Aug 2020
The aroma in the 2018 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.
Vineyard & Vintage Character
The Jurassic Vineyard is situated in the Santa Ynez Valley, at an elevation of about 1000ft. 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: 5.9 g/L
Alcohol 12.6 %
Cases produced: 150