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USA: U.S. Chenin Blanc

What About US Chenin Blanc?
Chenin Blanc is almost as widely planted in California as Chardonnay, but most of these vines are confined to the Central Valley where they produce undistinguished generic white wines from high yielding vineyards. The typical U.S. style of Chenin is rather fruitier and lacking the "sweaty" note that characterizes classic Loire examples. Only a handful of producers in California persist with making world class, dry Chenin Blancs from low yielding vines in prime vineyard locations that have not yet been planted with ubiquitous Cabernet and Chardonnay vines. The best, however, can offer fine value for money.

Premier Producers
Chalone (Reserve)
Chappelet (Old Vine Cuvée)
Ventana


Great Producers
Arciero
Chappelet
Columbia Winery
Durney
William Wheeler


Dependable Producers
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Covey Run
Dry Creek Vineyard
Hogue
Husch
Kiona
Pine Ridge

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