BALLENTINE VINEYARDS OLD VINES CHENIN BLANC - 2005
This 100% Chenin Blanc wine is perfect for the Summer and a great companion to fish dishes. The vines are approximately 32 years old, making it one of the oldest single vineyards of Chenin Blanc in Napa Valley.
The color of this wine is very clear like that of pear juice yet it yields scents of citrus and apples. The wine is crisp on the tongue, with soft minerals, but it is a little watery and not too concentrated. Apples, pear and floral flavors are present on the mid palate with strong petroleum flavors on the finish.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
This is a quality Chenin Blanc that is very enjoyable, especially when consumed with food. The color was a bit pale and the petroleum finish a bit too dominant, but at $14 a bottle it is an affordable wine worth tasting.