i was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to help sorting out chenin blanc grapes in seahorse winery as part of 2019 wine preparation.
i recieved a bottle of last year's wine as a gratitude.
100% chenin Blanc
wild fermentation with no added yeast.
9 months french oak treatment.
14.5% ABV 💪
lots of sweetness in the grape for the yeast to burp all this drunkability.
pale straw with some yellow hinted 👀
colder it's some tropics jumping out at ya.
getting warmer it's almost completely replaced with lemon oil, stone fruit and hints of honey and grated ginger 👃
medium plus body.
bursting high acidity.
it takes a few sips to comprehend the taste.
tart and peachy first. some bitterness coming and hiding at every other sip. 👄 is filled with balanced and complex tartness and other friends.
dry medium 🎯
a winner that is thought provoking.
this is harmonious complexity, and that is always interesting.
good vfm (110 nis).
quality isn't cheap.
had it with lime(juice and peel) and parmigiano pasta the 1st day, they were good friends but not bff.
on it's own second day. wine is always better with something to munch on. — 3 days ago
Tonight's wine of choice is the 2017 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand.
The nose reveals notes of grapefruit, kiwifruit, guava, papaya, jalapeño, herbs, lemongrass and wet concrete.
On the palate there is pronounced notes of lime, grapefruit, kiwifruit, melon, celery and salty minerality.
This wine is medium bodied with medium to plus acidity that lead into a medium to long clean, refreshing, salty minerality with citrus finish. I hope everyone's weekend was a good one and we all look forward to the week ahead. Please be safe and make the week a positive one. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂 — 9 days ago
Wow! Pure summer in a glass...who drinks rose..any rose..when this Chenin Blanc is available. Utterly crushable..lemon, lime, yuzu...capable of removing a couple coats of enamel with the electric acidity. Low ABV..no noticeable oak. Kicking myself that I only bought 2. In the running for bargain of the year! — 10 days ago
Vintage 2009 / Sunday lunch in the garden. I love September with these sunny days. Opened the bottle yesterday, floral tones in smell. A bit buxus. And a peculiar - not typical for sauvignon - honey impression. Today the wine opened up: beautiful jasmin smell, buttery. Vibrant acidity and surprisingly powerful. The floral smell remains. And a fine bitter in aftertaste. This bottle is among the finest Loire has to offer. / Paired with warm Liege Salad (salade Liégeoise, pommes de terre, haricots verts, bacon, vinaigrette). — 3 days ago
Saturday night and I have opened the 2011 Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Chenin Blanc.
On the nose there are notes of honeysuckle, chamomile, saffron, sake, marzipan, honeydew melon and brioche.
On the palate there is quince, hints of lemon, marzipan and honey.
This wine is in the stage of change becoming more aperitif like. The wine is medium bodied with medium + acidity that leads into a lightly salted honey finish.ets have a great weekend and please stay safe. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂 — 3 days ago
We don’t drink a lot of Sauvignon Blanc but, when we do we only really love a select few and this Arkenstone Howell Mountain is one of them.
This a varietal I feel is generally not made well by many producers. They are generally too green, grassy, mineral driven, strongly structured or are just poorly made everyday table wines.
This Arkenstone is well grown and crafted. Nothing is over done. Nothing astringent or bitty about it. There is only beauty, elegance and balance.
The nose reveals, ripe; meyer lemons, pineapple, tropical melons, grapefruit with a touch of sugar, white peach, apricots and some lime zest. Beeswax, heather honey notes, beautiful chalkiness, saline minerality, some Sugar Snap Peas, , soft white spice, a shade of mint, white & yellow spring flowers with jasmine.
The body is thick, well rounded and a little waxy. The structure and mouthfeel doesn’t over power, it’s more like White Burgundy if they grew Sauvignon Blanc there. It’s simple gorgeous and delicious. Ripe; meyer lemon juice, pineapple, tropical melons, grapefruit with a touch of sugar, white peach, apricots, haunting green apple, pear and some lime zest. Beeswax, heather honey notes, cream and even hints of butter, vanillin, beautiful chalkiness, saline, grainy minerality, soft white spice with just a touch of heat, a shade of mint, white & yellow spring flowers with jasmine. The acidity is amazing & perfect. The long finish is, round with perfectly ripened fruits, perfect balance of fruit and earthiness, elegantly gorgeous and persists hauntingly for minutes.
Photos of; our tasting at Arkenstone with Owner-Ron and Krausz, their terrace/patio, tasting lounge and their Estate vines. — 16 days ago
Sunday night and I have opened the 2014 Saarloos & Sons Matriach Grenache Blanc.
On the nose ther is lemon zest, lime peel, honeydew melon, pear dried herbs and minerality.
On the palate there is lemon, citrus zest, green apple, pear, lime peel, green plum saline and minerality.
This wine is medium bodied with medium + to high acidity that leads into a long clean citrus finish. I hope everyone's weekend went well and we all had a great time. Going into the new week please be safe. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂 — 2 days ago
A few days late in posting the Wednesday Wine Committee wines. Standard format with 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.
I have NEVER seen a wine this color! It looked like sparkling water in the glass. It had a richness in the aromatics that reminded me of Merry Edwards SB, but it was insanely light and acidic on the palate. Kiwi, crushed limestone, and stone fruits. Good acidity. I ended up guessing Bordeaux Blanc. — 3 days ago
A glimmer of hope for well priced natural wine from California. Combe Chenin is deep with personality. Ripe with plenty of residual acid, there is spiced pineapple, quince, basil, and earthy mushrooms. Terrific and underpriced ($20) and will probably retail for $31 next year. — 4 days ago
This is likely JUST entering a peak drinking window, and still on the upward trajectory. Killer aromatics of lemon meringue, crushed rock, and something reminiscent of a grilled lemon/citrus fruit. Acidity is still gripping, though not overpowering, with a slightly sweeter back palate and finish. Reminds me of a candied lemon drop with poached pear and ginger. — 11 days ago