2020 was our first vintage working with Chenin Blanc and the Cat Canyon Vineyard, located just outside of the small town of Los Alamos. These vines were planted in 1978, and up until 2019, the wine from these vines was blended away into larger production wines. We are thrilled to make a single-vineyard expression from this site in 2020!
These grapes received 24 hours of skin contact before pressing and being racked to neutral French oak barrels where the juice carried out a native fermentation. The wine was aged on the lees for 7 months. Minimal sulfur was added for stability before bottling without fining or filtration.
This Chenin oozes with mango, wool, and subtle notes of honey on both the nose and the palate. The 24 hours of skin contact provides the wine a unique textural component that is characteristic of the varietal. The wine is driven by acid and has a hint of rock and roll on the finish.