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Brick & Mortar

Chenin Blanc, 2017

Engineer–turned–wine-geek Matt Iaconis is all about precision. So when he told us that Lodi has one of California’s best spots for Chenin Blanc—not a common belief—we listened. Matt found vines that, according to his measurements, thrive in a small area that’s warmer by day and cooler at night than the rest of Lodi. This results in a crisp, zesty Chenin Blanc akin to those from France’s Loire Valley. “The wine speaks of California in an Old World sense,” Matt says.

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Brick & Mortar Chenin Blanc is the best of both worlds: It has the signature crisp character of classic Chenin Blanc from France’s Loire Valley, but with famous California fruitiness.

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High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Grapefruit
Crushed stones
Meyer lemon
Lemon zest

Pairing

Instantly mouthwatering wines such as Chablis—as well as Chenin Blanc, Vermentino and some Rieslings—possess a certain je ne sais quoi. They have a stony flavor that we perceive as subtle saltiness, which is why the residents of Brittany’s seaside towns slurp these wines enthusiastically with freshly shucked oysters.

More About The Wine

Lodi is a warm, dry region where just about every grape variety, red or white, grows well. Winemaking immigrants from Europe figured this out around 1850. In more recent years, small sections of Lodi that experience breezy, cool nights were planted with Chenin Blanc, since the chillier air preserves a zingy freshness in the wines.

DID YOU KNOW?

This wine was made by pressing the juice out of handpicked bunches of grapes. That’s more labor intensive than machine-harvesting grapes, but it minimizes harsh flavors in the wine.

  • VARIETY
    Chenin Blanc
  • VINTAGE
    2017
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Lodi, California, USA
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • ALCOHOL
    12.5%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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