Awards: 2017 90 points - Editor's Choice
Grapes for the Terra d’Oro 2017 Chenin Blanc and Viognier were hand-picked from select vineyards in northern California. Chenin Blanc, a versatile white grape variety, ranges from dry to very sweet and typically offers high acidity. These grapes came from the Clarksburg appellation in the Sacramento Delta, a region that is well-known for producing Chenin Blanc, thanks to the rich soils and maritime influence. The Viognier is also predominantly from Clarksburg and was fermented in two smaller lots in two different styles to add complex aromas and flavors. Viognier is most notably produced in Condrieu, an appellation in the Northern Rhône region of France. We blend Viognier into our Chenin Blanc to add a plush character to the wine.
The winter leading up to the harvest of 2017, we received a lot of precipitation giving us incredibly vigorous and healthy vines to work with. Early in the season we received a heat spike that lead to a jump in sugar. We picked just after temps cooled off after the spike, which resulted in grapes that were dense in flavor while retaining natural acidity.
The blend is the following: 86% Chenin Blanc 14% Viognier. ALC BY VOL 12.5%, PH 3.29, T.A.: 0.68 G/100ml.
The Terra d’Oro 2017 Chenin Blanc and Viognier Blend displays a lovely straw color with hints of a green, iridescent hue in the glass. Engaging aromas of honeydew melon, cantaloupe, grapefruit, pear, strawberry, nectarines and spice give way to a clean midpalate with flavors of peaches and mango with hints of quince and nectarine. This wine is lively, refreshing and well-balanced, with crisp, bright acidity. For a delightful pairing, serve this wine with oysters on the half shell or with Asian cuisine.
V90 points - Editor's Choice (2017)