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One of our favorite producers is back with a new vintage of a seriously good, single vineyard, Old Vine Chenin Blanc. Today's Insider Deal is the 2022 Vinum Cellars CHENIN.
We've featured a number of excellent wines from Vinum Cellars in past Insider Deals and every one of them has been tremendously well received. Today we've got the perfect pick for the dog days of summer.
This wine was previously called the CNW (Chard-No-Way) Cuvee, but in 2021 was re-branded simply as CHENIN.
The 2022 we are offering here today continues that naming, along with introducing a new label - but don't worry as this is still the same delicious, Old Vine, 100% Chenin Blanc from Block 44 of the Wilson Vineyard in Clarksburg, California. This is Vinum Cellar's 25th vintage from this same vineyard!
The wine is fermented in stainless steel. Only 1,500 cases of this beauty were produced.
The 2021 earned 89 points from Wine Enthusiast and we scored it similarly at 89-90 points. We like the 2022 even a bit better so we'll put it at the high end of that range at 90 points. (We couldn't find any outside reviews on the 2022 yet.)
Normally retailing for right around $18 a bottle, it's a really solid value even at that price.
Today; however, you can get 6 bottles of the 2022 Vinum Cellars CHENIN for just $XX.95 ($XX.XX a bottle). That's a discount of XX%!
Our extremely affordable 2-day summer shipping is a flat $9.99 per order. (You'll never pay more than $9.99 shipping, no matter how many 6-packs you buy in one order.) We ship in heat protection and minimize the transit time to help keep your wine safe in the warmer weather. Orders will still ship 5-10 days after the conclusion of the offer. Read on for our full review.
This 6-pack deal is available to ship to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI and WY. (These states are dependent on the individual licenses of the offering winery and are not representative of all our deals. Every deal can have different, sometimes more, sometimes less, states available.)
This limited time, winery direct offer ends Friday 7/14/2023 at noon (PT) unless it sells out sooner.
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From the winery:
It's hard to believe, but we built our company in 1997 on credit cards and some help from family. Like many young, ambitious entrepreneurs we set out to challenge the status quo and earned a reputation as young Turks in an industry of Titans. This label was created as a light hearted poke at an emerging Chardonnay market which turned its back on Chenin Blanc. It is still our belief that Chenin Blanc (when made well) rivals some of the greatest white wines of the world. This wine was made from cool climate grapes, stainless steel fermented and aged for 9 months Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah… REDISCOVER CHENIN BLANC!
This unique crisp white wine is made from the noble Chenin Blanc grape most prominent in the Loire Valley of France. We found an exceptional vineyard farmed by Ken Wilson in Clarksburg California (a third generation farmer) who agreed to sell us the grapes on handshake. Today this same vineyard is being farmed by Ken’s nephew David Ogilvie and so the tradition carries on to the 4th generation. Wilson Farms was established in 1922 by George Wilson.
This is our 25th vintage of Chenin Blanc from this vineyard. Part of what makes Clarksburg a special appellation is the cooling trend that comes in from the San Francisco Bay every day at about 3:30 pm and sweeps the heat out of the valley floor which allows the grapes to maintain their natural acidity. I like to say this is a reverse cooling trend in that moderation (of heat) comes in the afternoon rather than the early mornings as it does on the coast.
Tasting Notes: This pale stone colored Chenin displays a silvery hue in the sunlight as you swirl it in the glass. The aromas are classic Chenin, with Verbena and citrus, clover honey and Casaba melon. The crisp palate is juicy with ample acidity and displays honeysuckle and citron lemon flavors underscoring the integrated acidity of a generous fruit-driven mid palate. The finish is layered with mineral, wet stone, lemon zest and Key Lime, pear grit and sweet passionfruit essence while finishing bone dry.
Food Pairings: This wine is best finely chilled or over Chenin ice cubes (made with the same wine poolside or on its own or with an accompaniment. It’s ideal with oysters on the half shell or any shellfish from fresh blue crab from the Chesapeake Bay or Dungeness crab from San Francisco, or day boat scallops from Maine. Ideal with roasted and chilled beet salads with goat cheese and toasted Hazelnuts or baked goat cheese tarts with sun-dried tomato and a mesclun salad with champagne vinaigrette.
Produced and Bottled by Vinum Cellars
The 2022 Vinum Cellars CHENIN opens with plenty of apple, melon and citrus on the nose, plus some tropical fruit, peach and a bit of a honeysuckle note. It's a fresh, snappy and very inviting start!
Taking a sip reveals a tasty and refreshing wine with tangy, juicy fruit similar to the nose and even a bit of minerality underneath. Smooth and with good acidity, this is a great alternative to an unoaked Chardonnay. It also comes from the same vineyard as the Chenin Blanc in the popular Vinum Cellars White Elephant blend we previously offered as an Insider Deal.
Compared to the 2021, I'd say the 2022 is a a bit brighter and features more tropical fruit. It's very good.
A touch of honey lingers on the lips on the dry, very long, lip-smacking finish. This is not only seriously good, but it's also quite food friendly too!
2022 VINUM CELLARS CHENIN
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Get the 2022 Vinum Cellars CHENIN while you can! This deal ends Friday 7/14 at noon Pacific.
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