The 2012 Limestone Ridge at Vista Verde Vineyard Chenin Blanc exhibits textbook Chenin Blanc characteristics. While somewhat reticent on the nose, notes of quince, green apple, lime, white […]Read More
The 2012 Limestone Ridge at Vista Verde Vineyard Chenin Blanc exhibits textbook Chenin Blanc characteristics. While somewhat reticent on the nose, notes of quince, green apple, lime, white flowers and smoky minerals emerge from the glass with some aeration. These aromas are mirrored on the palate and enveloped in a depth and complexity that can only be achieved when the site, viticulture and winemaking are in perfect harmony. The laser focus of the acidity is the perfect counterpoint to the waxy richness that will allow for a long, slow evolution in the bottle. Pair the 2012 Chenin Blanc with rich preparations of seafood or even with a rabbit fricassee.
Simply put, the 2012 vintage was amazing in many respects. After the cool growing seasons of 2010 and 2011, which resulted in excellent quality but very low yields, Mother Nature was smiling on us in 2012 with superb growing conditions for a bountiful harvest. The exceptional weather during the spring allowed for moderate vegetative growth, superb flowering conditions and an above average fruit set — berries and clusters sized up beyond original expectations. 2012 was a vintage where ripe mature stems, seeds and skin tannins were achieved with harmoniously balanced natural acidity. Enveloped with pure intense aromas, juicy flavors and rich textures, these structured wines are clearly the result of a truly extraordinary vintage. A vintage like this, where everything comes together perfectly, is rare and will certainly be a vintage to enjoy for many years to come!