Made from 100 percent Chenin Blanc grown in the Oak Knoll district; the winery reports there are only 14 acres of Chenin remaining in Napa Valley. The fruit was pressed and settled, then transferred to a mix of steel and used oak barrels, where some lots were inoculated. Lees stirring introduced texture into the wine. This is a bigger Chenin than the Mendocino bottling of the same vintage, with copious melon, uber-ripe citrus, stone fruit, yellow apple, pear, and quince paste. The finish is sharper and more (pleasantly) bitter, but also bigger and more luscious. 125 cases made.
13.5% abv | $27 (sample)