Friday, July 22, 2011

2009 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viogner

Chris and I were lucky enough to visit Pine Ridge on our last trip to Napa/Sonoma in 2009. We had a great tour of the grounds including the learning vineyard in which you can walk single rows of all of the varietals that they grow in the vineyard to learn what each varietal looks like, tastes like, etc. After the tour of the vineyard we went into the caves to barrel sample and have a wine and cheese pairing. 
Below is a picture of me with comparing two of their red wines  - well not so much comparing them as just really enjoying then with some awesome cheese in with a genuine Chihuly glass sculpture in the background.

I like this wine, its perfect for the 105 degree day, yes, its 105 degrees (and I will not complain as we had what felt like 17 months of winter this year - bring on the heat) its crisp and bright and almost effervescent, like if Fresca made a wine this would be it. And the best thing about it is that it is only 11.8% alcohol which on a night like tonight is a heavenly amount of alcohol not too high, not too low, its a Goldilocks wine.

Its a fun wine smacking of pink grapefruit, lime and crisp acidity. Just fun and easy on a steamy hot night.

The Particulars

Winery: Pine Ridge
Varietal: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viogner
AVA: California, Oakville
Vintage: 2009
Alcohol: 11.8
Cost: $12.50

Rating = Buy It

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