Waitsburg Cellars 2014 The Aromatics Cheninières Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18

By on September 10, 2015

waitsburg-cellars-the-aromatics-cheninières-old-vine-chenin-blanc-2014-bottleWine critic Paul Gregutt, in collaboration with Seattle-based Precept Wine, has helped inspire the renewed and worthy embrace of old vine Chenin Blanc not only in the Pacific Northwest but also across the country with the Waitsburg Cellars brand. While the first two vintages focused on Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain, this branches up from the Yakima Valley and into the Rattlesnake Hills to also include Roza Hills Vineyard. It’s presented in a bone-dry, unoaked style, which allows for bright and approachable aromatics of lemon chiffon, lime zest, spearmint and JuicyFruit gum. The drink is sassy, serious and food friendly with the focus on lime over lemon with a squirt of gooseberry in the finish. Writer/retailer Paul Zitarelli of Seattle magazine and Full Pull Wines suggests trying the Cheninières with a creamy crab bisque.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 265 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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