2014 Habit "Jurrassic Park Vineyard" Santa Ynez Chenin Blanc

SKU #1218826 90 points Vinous

 Green apple, pear and subtle hints of earthiness mesh together in the 2014 Chenin Blanc Jurassic Park Vineyard. Soft and open-knit, the 2014 is quite pretty today. Partial aging in steel, along with the blocked malo style, keep the flavors bright. (AG)  (8/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another solid white from this estate, the 2014 Chenin Blanc Jurassic Park Vineyard was brought up in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak. It sports a very light color to go with light, yet crisp and attractive notes of citrus, peach and mineral water. Light bodied, well-made and utterly delicious, it's a perfect hot-summer-day quaffer to drink over the coming year or so. A new winery for me, Habit Wines is run by Jeff Fischer and he’s able to pull from top sites, including McGinley and Grassini in Happy Canyon and La Encantada in the Sta. Rita Hills. I found all of his wines to lean toward the fresher, leaner end of the spectrum and be very good to outstanding. (JD)  (8/2015)

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.