Pine Ridge Clarksburg Chenin Blanc Viognier 2020
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Crisp, bright and lively, this wine boasts a bouquet of pink grapefruit, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and jasmine. On the palate, there are ripe fruit flavours of tangerine, green apple, white peach and lime curd alongside more herbal notes of lemongrass and ginger. It is medium-bodied, with refreshing acidity and a hint of minerality on the long, round finish.
The 80 hectare Pine Ridge 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 for his stunning Napa Cabernet. The vineyards are sustainably managed in order to squeeze as much character and sense of place out of the grapes as possible.
The Chenin Blanc/Viognier is made from fruit grown in Clarksburg in the Sacramento River Delta. The climate here is warm, but there is an almost constant breeze, which helps to retain freshness and acidity in the grapes. This freshness comes through on the nose, which offers citrus fruit and white tea aromas coupled with flavours of lychee and honeydew melon on the palate.
Grapes for the Napa Valley Cabernet, which includes a small proportion of Petit Verdot, Tannat, Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the blend, are sourced from several premier sites throughout the Napa Valley. Michael Beaulac feels the closely spaced vines and attentive farming of the vineyard blocks contribute to the bright, complex layers of flavour that characterise this wine.
From rolling hills to towering redwoods, the scenery along the North Coast is as memorable as the wine. With one of the coolest climates in the state, this region is home to more than half of wineries, including many of the most celebrated. And the North Coast’s renowned food artisans craft everything from olive oil to goat cheese, ensuring that your plate is as full as your glass.