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Waitsburg Cellars 2014 Cheninières

Waitsburg Cellars 2014 Cheninières
Waitsburg Cellars 2014 Cheninières
The Aromatics may be looked at in musical terms, as a band of skilled artists making beautiful melodies. The 'instruments' are the grape varieties — Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. Like many fine tools, they are well-aged, giving richer, rounder tones to their flavors. The 'players' are myself, the winemakers, and the growers — everyone who contributed to the final result. That is in the bottle — a taste of old vine, single vineyard, oak-free deliciousness. These wines express the detail, subtlety and depth rarely found at this price. We hope you enjoy the performance!
— Paul Gregutt
 
TASTING NOTE:
As before, this was picked at the same time from the same rows as the Chevray, but sorted into greener clusters for this sku. Fermented in all stainless and protected from oxidation, it did not go through malolactic. This shows delicate and detailed scents of jasmine and lily flowers, along with a strong impression of mixed green fruits. Gooseberry, green melon and citrus lead, followed by lighter flavors of apple and pear. Best enjoyed slightly chilled, this is a bracing wine but a bit more open than the 2013 was at this stage.
 
VINTAGE NOTE:
The 2014 Washington State harvest proved to be spectacular with a record crop level and excellent quality. All factors needed for success came together perfectly: cool nights, lots of warm weath¬er in the growing season, and rain limited mostly to the shoulder seasons. Harvest started the third week of August and wrapped up in the second week of November. The crop across the state was heavy, yet bountiful with quality. Our vineyard team enjoyed weather that enabled them to pick at will, affording perfect flavor, acidity and sugar levels.
 
VINEYARD SOURCE: Upland Vineyard (planted in 1978), Roza Hills Vineyard (planted in 1982)
BLEND: 100% Chenin Blanc
HARVEST DATE: October 2014
YEAST: Premier Cuvee
OAK/SS DETAIL: 100% Stainless Steel
TA: 4.91 g/L
PH: 3.56
RS: 0 g/L
ALC: 13.4%
BOTTLED: 3/4/15
RELEASE DATE: May 2015
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