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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
Best Buy

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

Their Portfolio

85 Aldi NV Pomegranate Mimosa Wine Cocktail 8% (USA) $8.00.
87 Aldi Mango Mimosa Wine Cocktail 8% (USA) $8.00.
85 Aldi NV Orange Mimosa, New Mexico 8% (USA) $10.00.
88 Aldi NV Pineapple Mimosa, New Mexico 8% (USA) $10.00.
86 Aldi NV Mango Mimosa, New Mexico 8% (USA) $10.00.
BR Aldi NV Pomegranate Mimosa, New Mexico 8% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Aldi NV Mimosa, New Mexico 8% (USA) $8.99.
90 DH Lescombes 2018 631, Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico 13% (USA) $15.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2016 Heritage Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico 15% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
89 DH Lescombes 2015 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico 15% (USA) $38.00.
87 DH Lescombes 2014 Limited Release, Petit Verdot, New Mexico 15% (USA) $38.00.
BR Plum Loco NV Sweet Wine, New Mexico 11% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Soleil NV Mimosa Classic, American 8% (USA) $15.00.
85 Soleil NV Mimosa Classic, American 8% (USA) $15.00.
88 Soleil NV Mimosa Pineapple, American 8% (USA) $15.00.
88 Soleil NV Mimosa Pineapple, American 8% (USA) $15.00.
87 Soleil NV Mimosa Pomegranate, American 8% (USA) $15.00.
87 Soleil NV Mimosa Pomegranate, American 8% (USA) $15.00.
85 Soleil NV Mimosa Mango, American 8% (USA) $15.00.
85 Soleil NV Mimosa Mango, American 8% (USA) $15.00.
88 St. Clair Winery 2015 Special Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico 15% (USA) $15.00.
91 St. Clair Winery 2017 Special Reserve, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico 12% (USA) $12.00.
90 St. Clair Winery 2017 Special Reserve, Chardonnay, New Mexico 13% (USA) $13.00.
90 St. Clair Winery 2018 Bellissimo, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
88 St. Clair Winery NV Brut, New Mexico 11% (USA) $15.00.

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.