Lieu Dit

Santa Ynez Valley Chenin Blanc

9.0200 ratings
9.084 pro ratings
Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Chenin Blanc
Turkey, Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit & Berries, Exotic Spices, Salads & Greens, Pate, Potato, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Fruit Desserts, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pungent Cheese, Squash & Root Vegetables, Goat & Feta Cheese, Cheddar & Gruyere, Sweet Potato, Yuca, Taro, Baking Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Nuts & Seeds, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Shellfish, Sweet Potato
Top Notes For
John Willison

New world, old world. New world fruit, peach pear. Old world texture, oily wool. Well made.

New world, old world. New world fruit, peach pear. Old world texture, oily wool. Well made.

Sep 18th, 2020
Eric Urbani

I’m a big fan of Lieu Dit - haven’t had anything yet that I did not love - Santa Barbara

I’m a big fan of Lieu Dit - haven’t had anything yet that I did not love - Santa Barbara

Jul 14th, 2020
Eric Urbani

I think the ‘14 is showing well now.

I think the ‘14 is showing well now.

Jul 6th, 2020
Matt Perlman

‘Merican chenin! It’s sunny, generous and fun. Lemon, pear, orange creamsicle, toasted marshmallow, crushed stone coats the back palate. Not going to make me forget about my Loire faves anytime soon but an interesting fresh (literally) take

‘Merican chenin! It’s sunny, generous and fun. Lemon, pear, orange creamsicle, toasted marshmallow, crushed stone coats the back palate. Not going to make me forget about my Loire faves anytime soon but an interesting fresh (literally) take

Jun 16th, 2020
Ellen Clifford

Oh this is a California plus plus. Like the ripeness and go get them TIGER-ness of this says California. BUT with a touch of dahhhhhling I do not give an f this is what I want...which is to say this is new world vibrancy with old world attitude. Acid high, fruit ripe (melon apple tropical) and so on. Also just...stellar I need to taste more Lieu Dit

Oh this is a California plus plus. Like the ripeness and go get them TIGER-ness of this says California. BUT with a touch of dahhhhhling I do not give an f this is what I want...which is to say this is new world vibrancy with old world attitude. Acid high, fruit ripe (melon apple tropical) and so on. Also just...stellar I need to taste more Lieu Dit

May 26th, 2019
Erik Helms

Sommelier/Wine & Beer Buyer Whole Foods Oakland

9.2

Very lovely Chenin. Wool, pear, melon, florals, and minerality complementing nicely.

Very lovely Chenin. Wool, pear, melon, florals, and minerality complementing nicely.

Sep 1st, 2017
Lauren Vance

Buyer Whole Foods Market Oakland

9.1

Really lovely CA chenin. Asian pear, honeysuckle, lavender and mint. Mineral backbone, balanced acid, with a touch of malo rounding out the edges.

Really lovely CA chenin. Asian pear, honeysuckle, lavender and mint. Mineral backbone, balanced acid, with a touch of malo rounding out the edges.

Aug 20th, 2017
Wilfred Wong

Chief Storyteller, Wine.com

9.2

One of my TOP TEN WINE EXPERIENCES OF 2014. Simply love this wine! Medium straw, light yellow color; dried apple and mineral in the nose, understated and persistent and eerily deductive; medium bodied; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; tart apple flavors, some slate; medium finish. An amazing dry chenin blanc made in a style unheard of in American winemaking circles. (Best Served: 2014-2017) (Tasted: August 25, 2014, San Francisco, CA) [Sourcing: Vineyard planted in the early 1980's on very sandy soils in the Foxen Canyon district] [Winemaking: Tank fermented, transferred to neutral wood for the winter, racked back to tank for a few months prior to bottlng] [Eric Railsback-Winemaker] #whitewine #cheninblanc #santaynezvalley #centralcoast

One of my TOP TEN WINE EXPERIENCES OF 2014. Simply love this wine! Medium straw, light yellow color; dried apple and mineral in the nose, understated and persistent and eerily deductive; medium bodied; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; tart apple flavors, some slate; medium finish. An amazing dry chenin blanc made in a style unheard of in American winemaking circles. (Best Served: 2014-2017) (Tasted: August 25, 2014, San Francisco, CA) [Sourcing: Vineyard planted in the early 1980's on very sandy soils in the Foxen Canyon district] [Winemaking: Tank fermented, transferred to neutral wood for the winter, racked back to tank for a few months prior to bottlng] [Eric Railsback-Winemaker] #whitewine #cheninblanc #santaynezvalley #centralcoast

2 people found it helpfulJan 4th, 2015
Matt Sterr

Flinty and saline. A beautiful and delicate example of the varietal. Gorgeously done and a great value.

Flinty and saline. A beautiful and delicate example of the varietal. Gorgeously done and a great value.

Dec 14th, 2016
Nico J. Snyman

Solid NW Chenin, at least it has the acidity to make it refreshing.

Solid NW Chenin, at least it has the acidity to make it refreshing.

Aug 2nd, 2016