Aromatic notes of citrus pith, wet stone, and white peaches. A round mouth feel on the mid palate pairs with flavors of pear and apple blossom with a crisp finish. Pair with grilled swordfish, crab cakes, roasted vegetables and cheese (Chevre, Brie).
The 2021 Cavern Select Chenin Blanc has aromatic notes of citrus pith, wet stone, and white peaches. A round mouth feel on the mid palate pairs with flavors of pear and apple blossom with a crisp finish.
Shell Creek is a well-known vineyard in Paso Robles Highlands District. It is one of the few examples of Chenin Blanc planted in Paso. Planted in 1972 the vineyard is one of the few examples of old vine Chenin Blanc on the coast. The wine fermented and aged in concrete and French oak puncheons.
Vintage 2021 began with an encouraging mild start and lower than average rainfall. Bud break and bloom were a couple weeks later than average, setting the growing season back slightly. Temperatures rose significantly in August, shortening the seasonal delay. Heat waves plagued the season from August to October, with temperatures over 110°F for extended periods of time. Harvest began on August 17th, with white wines showing great quality despite the heat. At the end of one of the warmest vintages in Paso, we have found wine flavors and quality to be very good with excellent concentration.
Shell Creek Vineyards (Highlands District)
5/2/2022, 200 cases
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