2018 Rhys Chenin Blanc Mt. Pajaro Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Cruz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

I am a huge fan of Rhys Chardonnays and also a big fan of the Chenin Blanc grape so it was with great anticipation that this got opened.  Its a very nice wine, but not at the level for me of the Chardonnays.  I believe this was the first vintage so perhaps Kevin Harvey and his team will zero in on growing this varietal and making the wine they want.  Tasted over three days, it didn't really change, so perhaps this is the proverbial "needs more time" wine.  In any event, light golden in color with the slightest copper hue.  On the nose, some orange rind, a bit of honey, peaches and some mine

2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Mont, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Another great bottle from this, arguably the best, producer of Vouvray.  This is Chenin Blanc at its best.  Light golden/silver in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with quince, slight peach, saline, and lots of crushed shells and minerals.  Medium bodied and slightly viscous texture.  On the palate, this is dry.  Peach, quince with minerals underneath.  well balanced acidity.  Very smooth.  Long finish.  This is delicious.  Of course, this is quite young but it comes out firing on all cylinders.  It should drink well for the net twenty years.   This drinks great on its own (it to

2018 Field Recordings Chenin Blanc, USA, California, Central Coast

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is an old vine Chenin Blanc from vineyards in Santa Ynez and Paso Robles.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a bunch of granny smith apples with a touch of chamomile tea.  Medium bodied.  On the palate this has a nice minerality.  There is some green apples.  Dry.  Clean.  This drinks easy.  Nice finish.  Although Chenin ages well, and these are old vines, it should probably be consumed over the next five years.  It might be interesting to lay one down for ten or more though.  This will go well with seafood.  Oysters are a good call.  

2020 Anthonij Rupert Chenin Blanc Protea, South Africa, Coastal Region, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

Protea is apparently the national flower of South Africa.  The bottle is clear but covered with stenciled white flowers.  Very unusual and well done.  Silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has pears and slight mint.  Light bodied.  On the palate, tart apples but also some oranges.  Nice texture.  moderate finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work with lighter foods such as seafood salads.  Drink over the next few years.  

2019 Black Pearl Vineyards Chenin Blanc Black Pearl, South Africa, Swartland, Chenin Blanc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Gold in color with green hues.  The nose has seltzer, limes and a scent that many of us trying thought cannabis.  On the palate, this lacks much acidity.  Lime fruits with a bit of candied lemon.  Moderate finish.  It is tasty and easy to drink.  Drink over the next couple of years.  Nice on its own, this will work well with lighter salads.  

2019 Badenhorst Family Wines Chenin Blanc Secateurs, South Africa, Swartland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

Yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight initially, giving way to honey and peach.  Light bodied.  On the palate, slight orange notes with some apple.  A hint of sweetness.  Moderate finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work with lighter salads.  drink over the next couple of years.  

2020 Mullineux Family Chenin Blanc Kloof Street Old Vine, South Africa, Swartland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is the second wine from the Mullineux Family of wines, one of South Africa's best producers.  This is a very nice value and finished as the group's favorite in a recent tasting.  Yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lemon candy, peach and spice.  On the palate, lemons and peach with moderate acidity.  Medium finish.  This drinks easy and well on its own and will work well with seafood dishes.  Drink over the next year or two.  

2019 Badenhorst Family Wines The Curator White Blend, South Africa, Swartland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

Made from Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier, this is a very nice value in white wines.  It retails around $10 and did very well in our tasting of South African White wines.  Yellow/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has apples and some wax.  On the palate, this has a soft but plush texture.  Apples and some pink grapefruit.  Refreshing.  Moderate finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work well with curries.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2019 Cape Venture Lubanzi Wines Chenin Blanc, South Africa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Golden in color with a touch of green.  The nose has a bit of honey and a slight floral (peach blossoms?) note.  Light bodied.  Tart on the palate.  Peaches.  A bit of apple cider on the end suggesting this may be heading south.  Still providing some enjoyment.  Drink now.  Nice on its own, this will work with salads and even lighter spicy foods.  

2018 Domaine de l'Enchantoir Saumur Blanc Terres Blanches, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a really enjoyable Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley of France.  Light gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lots of minerals, orange peel and slight floral notes.  Medium bodied.  Slightly sweet.  Concentrated minerality on the palate.  Long finish.  This is delicious now and should drink well for another decade.  It drinks well on its own and will work well with lighter salads and seafoods.  

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