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St. Clair Winery

St. Clair Winery
2017 Special Reserve, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Chenin Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12
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St. Clair Winery
2017 Special Reserve, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Chenin Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax, pineapple, dried mango, lemon custard, and sweet pea blossom with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish manifesting suggestions of orange marmalade and ginger. A lovely Chenin Blanc with heaps of varietal character; plump, bright and generous.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: beeswax, pineapple, dried mango, lemon custard, and sweet pea blossom
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of orange marmalade and ginger
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely Chenin Blanc with heaps of varietal character; plump, bright and generous.

The Producer

Southwest Wines

The Producer
1325 Debaca Rd SE
Deming, NM 88030
USA
1 575-546-9324

Chenin Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chenin Blanc is a white wine made in numerous styles; the most famous examples are from France's Loire Valley, while there are also some notable versions from South Africa and California.

Chenin Blanc has very high acidity and is often produced in an off-dry style called demi-sec. A dry style from the Loire is called Savennières. There are also sparking versions of Chenin Blanc, namely Crémant de Loire also known as Saumur.

Dry versions are made by a few artisan estates in California, although a typical inexpensive California version is off-dry or lightly sweet. Steel aged with appealing citrus fruit, these wines should be drunk young and pair well with simple salads.