2017 Estate Chenin Blanc
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Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
One of the many varietals within Prince Vineyard is Chenin Blanc: planted in 1995, 1996, and 2012, in nine separate blocks totaling 92.08 acres. The vineyard is in the Clarksburg Appellation, with an ideal location to maintain the natural acidity and floral bouquet.
The 2017 growing season marked the end of the drought with heavy winter rainfall that continued into the spring. Due to the rain, timely vineyard practices were crucial and we adapted our cultural techniques to maintain vine balance. Heat spikes during late August to mid-September required close attention to irrigation to ensure vine health. With the given weather, our winegrapes developed the required sugars, but full flavor maturation delayed our harvest. The wait was worth it and the outcome was a vintage that boasts bright and fresh whites with ideal levels of acidity and red wines that are showing good intensity and concentration.
Cheese: Gruyere / Meat: Pork, Salmon / Sauce: Curry / Dessert: Berry Tart