2022 Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc

91 Points -

"The 2022 Jurassic Vineyard Old Vine Chenin Blanc slowly emerges from the glass with notes of Golden Delicious apples, fresh pears, and wet slate plus touches of beeswax and coriander seed. The dry, medium-bodied palate delivers a satiny texture and racy acidity, finishing with a lemony lift. This wine was barrel-fermented and aged in French oak...The Jurassic Vineyard, planted in 1982, is situated at an elevation of 1,000 feet. The name pays tribute to the fossil-rich soils that force the vines to look deep for nutrients and water." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent, April 2024

Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc

Tasting Notes

The aroma in the 2022 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: 7.6 g/L

pH: 3.07

Alcohol 12.5 %

Cases produced: 135