2016 Methode Sauvage Vista Verde Vineyard Chenin Blanc

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2016 Methode Sauvage Vista Verde Vineyard Chenin Blanc

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2016 was our third vintage working with this beautiful vineyard in San Benito County just a few miles west of the Chalone AVA. With limestone rich soils and a climate moderated by the Monterey Coast, Vista Verde has to be the unicorn of California Chenin vineyards, and a perfect launching point for a study in what this state can do with the varietal. Ambient yeast fermented in barrel, with no malolactic inhibition, this Chenin has stone fruit aromas with a hint of umami, and a backbone of nervy acid on the palate, rounded out by a rich creamy texture. This is a versatile expression of the Chenin varietal, delicious it with salmon (roe, raw, or cooked), all the way to duck and pork.