2017 Sauvage Chenin Blanc, Vista Verde Vineyards

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We got on the Chenin Blanc bandwagon when Tegan Passalacqua introduced a whole slew of releases on his Sandlands label six or seven years ago. Up to that point, Chenin Blanc was mostly known as a jug wine, aka California Chablis. Jump to the 2017 vintage and there’s a bevy of winemakers that have released refreshingly crisp and complex Chenins that are worthy of your attention. One of our faves is the Methode Sauvage Vista Verde Vineyard Chenin Blanc. It’s stunningly golden-hued with a slippery-smooth honeysuckle profile that drops off into a limoncello-like finish that lingers deliciously long on the palate. methodesauvage.com