2018 Leo Steen Chenin Blanc Saini Farms

Year: 2018
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Country: USA-California
Vinous Media: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2018 Chenin Blanc Saini Farms is a gorgeous wine. Citrus, crushed rocks, dried flowers and mint come together in a wine that balances vibrancy with depth to great effect. Ethereal and finely cut, the 2018 is an absolute joy to taste today." (VM)

Winery Notes:
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.

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.

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.