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Chenin Blanc

Feb-Mar 2001

87 Covey Run 1999, Washington State, Chenin Blanc
A delightful grape, Chenin Blanc is too often ignored in the pantheon of fine wines. This off-dry version is medium-bodied with melon and lime character. It’s crisp, almost dry, and adds some mineral notes in the finish. Good as an aperitif, or pair with cream sauces and poultry. Good value.

June-July 2000

90 Hogue 1999, Columbia Valley, Washington, Chenin Blanc
A dry Chenin that holds its own against most Chardonnays. Green grass, lime and melon flavors in fine balance, with a crisp, barely spritzy texture. Bright, tart and refreshing. A good aperitif, but it would be good with poultry, veal, pork or fish.

Aug-Sept 2000

93 Dry Creek Vineyard 1999, Clarksburg, Chenin Blanc
If there were "grand cru" in California, Dry Creek Vineyard would win top honors for its Chenin Blanc, which year after year offers a top notch dry Chenin that rivals the better producers of the Loire. Silky smooth and medium-bodied, the fruit is reminiscent of peach and lime with mineral accents. Complex, balanced and well-structured. Altogether a wine that rivals and surpasses most Chardonnays, and you can’t beat the price.

87 Callaway Vineyard & Winery 1998, Temecula, Chenin Blanc
Chenin is terribly under-appreciated, but you’ll enjoy this one from Callaway. It’s like honeydew melon with lime, just off-dry, with a long fruity finish. A fine match for grilled chicken. Excellent value.
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