2017 Leo Steen Chenin Blanc Saini Farms

Year: 2017
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Country: USA-California
Vinous Media: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$16.95

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"From a site in Dry Creek, the 2017 Chenin Blanc Saini Farms is bright, linear and built on a core of serious energy. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and crushed rocks all grace a finely cut, saline-infused Chenin that speaks with real personality. Drink it over the next handful of years." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard:
After years of searching for just the right Chenin Blanc to work with, I found what I was looking for in the 38-year-old vines of Saini Farms in Dry Creek Valley. Planted in Yolo sandy loam soils on an old river bottom site, these dry-farmed vines produce grapes that capture the fresh, enticing purity that can be achieved when Chenin Blanc is grown with care and respect.

Harvest:
The 2018 growing season produced another exceptional vintage, a wet spring followed by a mild summer allowed the grapes too mature slowly without heat stress. Though yields were above normal, quality was very good and the healthy canopies maintained a high acidity level. Further to preserve the high natural acidity that defines this wine, we hand picked our Saini Chenin Blanc on September 7th and 8th at 21.0 Brix.

Fermentation:
After gently breaking the berries, the grapes underwent 2 to 3 hours of skin contact prior to pressing. The wine was fermented in stainless steel using indigenous yeast for approximately one month until complete dryness.

Cellar Notes:
90% of the wine was transferred to neutral French oak, with the remaining 10% placed in a concrete egg, with both aged for five months on fine lees. The final wine was blended in tank in March.

Tasting Notes:
This wine has alluring weight and richness, a silky texture and subtle aromas of Bosc pear, white pepper, chamomile, and lemon peel. The palate offers a medley of beeswax, lemon salt and almond notes that carry through to a lingering refreshing finish.

Vision:
In many ways, it is only fitting that the centerpiece of my winemaking efforts is a bone- dry Chenin Blanc. Steen is my family’s middle name, and it is also the South African word for Chenin Blanc. I have long been fascinated by this sleek and elegant varietal. To make this wine, I sought out the oldest Chenin Blanc vines in Dry Creek Valley. In the winery, I strive to be true to the varietal and craft a fresh, lively wine with the ability to complement an array of modern cuisine.