Sutter Home Chenin Blanc

I’m sputtering to a close on the transfer of posts from Blogarhythms.  Hadn’t yet brought over anything on this particular varietal.

Sutter Home is well known in the affordable wine market as a ubiquitous product and a pretty consistent performer.  What is nice, though, is that they haven’t given up on wines that so many of the boutique and “upper end” vineyards dismiss.  Chenin Blanc is one of those that I’m glad to see they produce.   Do you have friends (or acquaintances/guests) who put ice cubes in their Chardonnay because it’s too strong/flavorful?  Maybe this varietal is more their speed.  And, seriously, people should drink what they like – not just what’s popular or in fashion.

Vineyard:     Sutter Home
Varietal:       Chenin Blanc
Vintage:       2008
Appellation: California
Price:          $6.99

Notes:     At 12% alcohol, this Chenin Blanc is a bit dryer than some others on the market.  Even so, it still has the characteristic sweetness which provides for honey on the tongue along with lemon and peaches and a nice apricot zing at the finish.  I could see this particular wine as an alternative to a Riesling.  Although the flavors are lighter and not as intense as are typical in a Riesling, the flavor profile is not unlike some Rieslings I’ve had.  It isn’t really dry, true.  So if you absolutely insist on a dry wine, this won’t be your choice.  But with summer not too distant, I think this could be a nice little sipper for an outdoor barbeque.   For those who like wine with dessert, you could consider this selection esp. if you are serving a dessert with more delicate flavors.  The price makes it easy to be generous with your guests when you’re entertaining.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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