2007 Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc

Price: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

2007 Vinum Cellars Chenin BlancPer Vinum Cellars “Clarksburg might be called the Chenin Blanc capital of California, and this polished wine shows why. It’s completely dry and mouthwateringly crisp in acidity, with interesting flavors of citrus fruits, ripe fresh green beans, spices and vanilla. Try as an alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.” – 88 Points – S.H. Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 1, 2009

“Fragrant lemongrass and lemon-lime flavors are light-bodied, crisp and refreshing, with fresh-cut grass and herb notes echoing on the finish. Drink now. 4,500 cases made.” – 86 Points – MW
Wine Spectator, June 15, 2009

What I Think:

What does CNW stand for? Chard-No-Way! A wine after my own heart and I agree it is nothing like a chardonnay. This one is very clean in color and on the nose as well as the palate. Lemon prevalent throughout, in a curdish, custard like manner. It has a solid structure with racy acidity. Maybe some food could tease out more flavor? Still quite refreshing, would be great in the summer heat on its own. It’s good but I really wanted it to be better than that. Almost like a Sauvignon Blanc without the tangy finish. I bought three bottles on sight and am likely to grab a few more for the summer. Feel free to consider doing the same…

Rating: Buy It

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5 thoughts on “2007 Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc

  1. I really enjoyed this wine for $5.00. It was an easy sipping white option for those nights that I don’t want anything overly difficult. I agree, this will be great in the summer.

  2. As an apertif, the CNW was a little rough for me, but it really came to life when sipped along with my dinner of fish, rice and roasted vegetables.

  3. @joshiemac Hoping they still have this one on my next visit. I bought three bottles and they are already gone…

    @Danny I can see how this one could come across as rough, glad to hear the food calmed it down. I’ll have to try a similar pairing if I am able to track down any more of these

  4. Just opened this one up. Delivers above the $5 price point, but the flavor is a bit dilute to be honest. Perhaps it’s getting a bit long in the tooth for a fresh quaffer. If this were the full $12 retail, I’d probably spend a few bucks more and go for a Vouvray or other Loire CB. There are even some Saumur CBs in the $10 range that have a bit more lively of a fruit-acid-RS interplay going on.

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