Aromatic & intense with classic Chenin Blanc aromas of wet wool, crushed flowers, minerals, beeswax and white pepper. Bone-dry and mineral laden.
Pair with any sort of white meat or butter cream pasta!
A true chameleon of a grape, Chenin Blanc can take on many forms including lean, dry whites and fine sparkling wines to sweet, rich balanced brandy and sherry. It is grown in distant parts of the globe, most commonly South Africa and Loire Valley in France. Given its versatility, Chenin Blanc can produce some exquisite wine. Many of these wines offer an excellent quality-to-price-ratio (QPR) meaning you could be getting a great bang for your buck. Classic aromatics and flavors include quince, yellow apple, pear, chamomile, honey, and other florals and spices. A foolproof pairing: Thai or Vietnamese cuisine!
Unknown to many, Sonoma County located in Northern California is actually bigger than its neighbor, Napa County. Sonoma has a famous gap region, known as the Petaluma Gap, that provides a break in the the coastal ranges and is Sonoma County’s newest AVA. The “Gap” is actually a wind gap named after a coastal mountain opening that stretches east from the Pacific Ocean to the south of the San Pablo Bay. Closest to the Sonoma Coast is the famous Russian River Valley AVA known for its high-quality, elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. To the north of the Russian River lies the warmer Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley AVA’s producing a wide range of grape varieties including excellent Zinfandels, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhône varietals (Syrah, Grenache, etc), and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other vineyard areas to watch out for premium wine are Sonoma Coast AVA, Anderson Valley, and Mendocino County.
I had this wine at AOC Restaurant in LA and had to get this to you guys. Pax and Pam Mahle moved to wine country in 1997 to pursue careers in wine. After a few years of tasting and sourcing wine from all over California for Dean & Deluca, Pax decided to start his own brand. At Pax Mahle Wines, winemaking is approached holistically. This is done by taking care to use only grapes that are grown without the use of chemicals and by hand making their wines with as little intervention as possible. As a result, all of their wines are crushed by foot and hand, and fermented using only natural yeasts.