Chenin Blanc/Viognier

Napa Valley

Pine Ridge

This 80 hectare estate was founded in 1978 when Gary Andrus planted the...

property's original vineyard in Stags Leap on a terraced hillside flanked by a ridge of pine trees. They now have vineyards across five sub-zones in Napa: four in the Stags Leap District, three in Rutherford, three in Carneros and one each in Howell Mountain and Oakville. This diversity gives winemaker Michael Beaulac many different blending options from which to choose each year, the results of which can be seen in the stunningly high quality of the wines they produce.

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Vineyards

The grapes come from Clarksburg which is over in the Sacramento river delta. This means that it is fairly warm with an almost constant breeze which helps to retain freshness and acidity in the grapes. The soils tend to be deep clay with excellent water holding capacity. The trellising is bi-lateral cordon.

Vintage Information

The 2016 vintage in Napa was near-perfect. The growing season started early and saw ideal weather conditions throughout the vintage, right up to the first significant rainfall that came in October. July and August were mild, with a series of warm days towards the end of the growing season, helping the fruit to ripen perfectly.

Vinification

The grapes were destemmed and crushed upon arrival at the winery. The free run juice was combined with the press fraction to increase mouth feel. Two different types of yeast were used to add complexity and aromatics. Fermentation took place at a cool temperature of 13ÂșC. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks without malolactic fermentation in order to retain the pure varietal fruit character in the final wine.

Tasting Notes

Bright and enticing, with a lively bouquet of mouthwatering honeydew melon, juicy pomelo and sweet starfruit aromas with hints of soft white florals and spun sugar. The crisp palate leads with ripe fruit flavours of pineapple, lychee, Meyer lemon and fuzzy white peach that linger through the refreshing finish, balanced by vibrant acidity and subtle hints of white tea and clean mineral.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 80% Chenin Blanc
20% Viognier
Region Napa Valley, California
Winemaker Michael Beaulac
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%