2020 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

Sandlands is a winery that I encourage my friends to get on their mailing list.  Chenin Blanc is a huge favorite of mine and Sandlands makes a few all are great and great values.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with red apples, orange peel and minerality.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is deep but also drinks well.  The red apples come thru with underlying minerality.  Good finish.  I tend to drink these young, but I would bet they could go for another ten years or more.  Great on its own, but better with food.  This is a nice choice with sp

NV Bodega Calle Baja Tanga Sparkling Rose, Argentina, Mendoza, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is a blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Malbec.  The name means "lower tongs" i.e. "panty remover" and the label a bit suggestive.  The wine itself is a pleasant, inexpensive sparkling wine from Argentina.  Light salmon pink in color, clear and bright with a frothy mousse.  The nose has strawberries with light cherries which carries thru to the palate.  Good acidity.  Easy drinking.  It seems like it would be very food friendly.  Fried chicken could be a good match.  

2018 Domaine de Brizé Anjou Loire Renaissance, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

This is 100% Chenin Blanc fermented and aged in wood barrels.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose shows some citrus and spice.  A nice oily texture.  On the palate, lemons.  Crisp.  Nice finish.  A very nice wine that is drinking well.  The oak is not obtrusive and seems to add a bit of weight/texture to the wine.  It is lovely on its own and should work well with many foods.  It would be a nice pairing with scallops.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.

2022 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$36.00USD

The Vouvray's of Huet are my most often opened white wine.  100% Chenin Blanc.  This vintage seems to be not a top vintage but the wine is still excellent and a nice value.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with pears, sea air, some orange peel and slight herbal note.  Medium bodied.  Slightly oily texture.  Crisp acidity.  On the palate, this is dry (Sec) with pears and slight citrus.  Moderate finish.  This improved over the three  hours it took to drain the bottle (two people).  It should drink well for the next ten to fifteen years.  Nice on its own, it is very

2015 Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines, South Africa, Western Cape, Wine ReviewWine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$43.00USD

This is a blend of 86% Chenin Blanc and 14% Semillon from South Africa.  Medium gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has red apples, slight wax/lanolin notes and a bit of honey dew.  Medium to full bodied.  Some warmth on the palate.  Very concentrated with flavors of apples, slight honeyed notes and an almost lime quality.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  A very serious wine that is ageing well.  It has shed its primary qualities at this point.  This should drink well for another ten years (provided one enjoys aged Chenin).  It went very well with a "Somosa Pie".

2016 Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

I used to drink a lot of this but somehow it fell off my radar.  Tasting this, I am reminded how good it is.  Made from Chenin Blanc grapes.  Pale, silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is expressive with flint, some chalk, some green apples and a bit or orange rind.  Full bodied.  Lovely texture.  Great acidity.  On the palate, the chalk and green apples come thru along with some herbal notes.  Clean.  Persistent finish with some heat.  This is delicious on its own and will work well with lighter foods.  An interesting match would be chicken salad.  

2019 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Sandlands makes some of the best Chenin Blancs in America.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with minerality/crushed shells, some lemon and lanolin.  Light to medium bodied.  Slightly oily texture.  On the palate, this young.  Vibrant.  The minerality continues thru but the lemon is more persistent.  Long finish.  Tasty.  This is nice on its own and should work well with all but the heaviest meat dishes.  It worked very well with Hunan food.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

2019 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc L'Echelier, France, Loire Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$68.00USD

This is 100% Chenin Blanc from 70 year old vines in the Loire Valley.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has loads of minerality with a touch of lemon peel.  Slightly viscous texture.  Concentrated.  Lots of energy.  On the palate, this is clean and tasty with a lot of minerality.  Slight lemon note.  Long finish. This is very young but drinking well.  It should continue to drink well for another ten to fifteen years (at least).  A great match for grilled trout or other sea food.  This is expensive so shop around for pricing.  

2017 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Always a great value in white wine.  These wines come in a variety of sweetness levels with the Sec being the driest.  It is a wine that should do at least ten years if well cellared.  Mineral driven with crushed shells and also a hint of orange peel.  Great on its own or with sea food or lighter meals.  Highly recommended.

2021 Domaine Perrault-Jadaud Vouvray Sec "Les Grives Soules", France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is a dry (Sec) Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with tangerines, sea air, baked apples and char.  Full bodied.  Good acidity.  Very nice slightly oily texture.  On the palate, green apples with an interesting chervil note.  Long finish.  This is still young but drinking well.  Nice on its own, this is also very food friendly.  It would pair nicely with pork chops.  Drink over the next ten years.  

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