2012 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier

SKU #1127960 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A consistent winner in the value sweepstakes, this offering from winemaker Michael Beaulac is a blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier. This dry white offers a stunning aromatic display of honeydew melons, spring flowers, pears and cantaloupe. The sumptuous perfume is followed by a wine with crisp, zesty acids, medium body and abundant purity as well as freshness. The Viognier component no doubt pushes this delightful white toward an exotic, tropical fruit-flavored style. Luckily, there are 87,000 cases produced. This beauty is meant to be consumed over the next year.  (8/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Brand-new release of this unique refresher: a blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier. It's something you'd never see in France, admits the responsible party at Pine Ridge, but then again, a mere 12% alcohol is something you don't see much in California, either. Bottled with a convenient Stelvin cap, priced at a "why not" point, this also happens to be a favorite of Robert Parker, who has scored it 90 points in five vintages, writing in 2011: "This delicious 65,000-case blend of 79% Chenin Blanc and 21% Viognier was aged in stainless steel. (I never knew there was this much Chenin Blanc grown in California!) It exhibits a big, sweet nose of ripe melons, white peaches and apricots as well as crisp acids and a crunchy, succulent mouthfeel." Sir, there are 58,000 acres of Chenin Blanc in California--more than the total vineyard acreage of the Napa Valley, true fact--and they're waiting to be rediscovered.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/4/2014  | Send Email
Still a very agreeable wine, not nearly as much residual sugar as previous vintages, which for me, makes it a little less dependable for food pairings.

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Other White Wines

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United States

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Alcohol Content (%): 12