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Awesome $11 Chenin Blanc

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 4:43 pm in Uncategorized.

I went to a wine tasting party a few weeks ago and forgot to dish about my favorite wine of the night, a 2007 Husch Vineyards La Ribera Chenin Blanc from the Anderson Valley.

Chenin is widely known as a grape for sweet and off-dry wines in its home, France’s Loire Valley. This Mendocino family winery has been crafting Chenin since 1984, and making an off-off dry style that is ever so sweet without sacrificing any of the wine’s vibrant acidity, flavors or food-friendliness.

The 2007 vintage was harvested in the early morning cold, according to Husch’s web site, and crushed and pressed at the winery. They bottled the wine and a long and cold fermentation.  The aromas are both floral and fruity: I got honeysuckle, roses and white peaches and apricots. The aromas translate perfectly to the palate, striking a near-perfect balance of zesty fruit and brisk acidity.

It’s a great alternative to bubbly for sucking down oysters.

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