Our Wine Of The Week is another great summer sip – 2017 La Pitchoune Merritt Island Chenin Blanc “la bombe,” a white wine from Northern California. Just south of Sacramento is the agricultural town of Clarksburg, home of the Clarksburg AVA (American Viticultural Area) that extends across parts of Yolo, Sacramento and Solano Counties. Merritt Island is a small (5,000 acre) sub-AVA directly south of downtown Clarksburg in Yolo County, an area known for growing Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc and providing grapes and bulk wine to producers in Lodi, Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
This Chenin Blanc is perfect for sipping on its own or pairing with chilled foods on a hot day. Lots of flowers and green apple with a hint of melon. I recommend serving well chilled. Alcohol 12.2%, retail $24 from the winery online. Served in better restaurants and available in several Northern California wine shops, click here to see where.
La Pitchoune Winery (“the little one”) is a small lot producer sourcing grapes from Northern California, including this Chenin Blanc from Merritt Island and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma County (Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley). Wines are produced near Santa Rosa (Sonoma County), where tastings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are available by appointment only.
Disclosure: Author was provided free samples by the winery to support this review.
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