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Santa Ynez Valley Chenin Blanc

9.0175 ratings
9.076 pro ratings
Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Chenin Blanc
Top Notes For
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
Coltin Short

Great Chenin from Cali. Well done.

Great Chenin from Cali. Well done.

Jul 19th, 2016
Ryan Sherman

Very enjoyable. Well done

Very enjoyable. Well done

Jul 7th, 2016
Liz Hale

2012 is drinking so so fine!

2012 is drinking so so fine!

May 9th, 2016
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

8.8

Thanks @Greg Rubin Good hump day wine (but my heart is with Vouvray).

Thanks @Greg Rubin Good hump day wine (but my heart is with Vouvray).

May 5th, 2016
Greg Gregory

Shockingly good for the price point. Eric Railsback, formerly Somm at RN74 in San Fran is doing something amazing in the Santa Ynez Valley. Bravo.

Shockingly good for the price point. Eric Railsback, formerly Somm at RN74 in San Fran is doing something amazing in the Santa Ynez Valley. Bravo.

Dec 17th, 2015