One of the most thrilling Northwest wines we've ever tasted.
No other Pacific Northwest white wine has caused the same stir or the number of requests for more.
Last summer, something thoroughly unexpected happened. Andy brought a sample of Bookwalter Chenin back from a big Washington tasting he attended. I asked "what's up with the Chenin?" His reply: "it's #%&!ing awesome." It took one sip to convince me; it took the same to convince tons of our customers.
Bookwalter Chenin is back! It is one of the most thrilling Northwest white wines we've tasted. J. Bookwalter Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015
$23.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($25.95 regular)
The texture, the amazing richness - we love it for that alone. It's so vibrant and fresh, too, layering fruit, floral, and mineral tones in perfect harmony. It exudes succulent pear and apple, with ribbons of lemon, chamomile, and wet stones in a pristine mountain stream. The wine's presence is so deliciously persistent, thanks to its weight and acidity, and it finishes cleanly and refreshingly. - Marcus
More on Bookwalter's Chenin
There's a little Chenin revival going on in Washington, mostly driven by old vines. John Bookwalter and winemaker Caleb Foster were looking for a dry white wine that wasn't Chardonnay, and wasn't Semillon/Sauvignon blanc. When the topic of a Chenin blanc vineyard source came up, John suggested they go back to the farm where his dad made Chenin in the '80s: Willard Vineyard in Yakima.
"You can't plant old vines; you have to have them. You have to support the farmers, you have to buy the grapes each year, you have to make beautiful wine from them," said Caleb.
Planted in 1980, this high elevation site does very well in hot vintages like 2015. "The big, old, bushy vines, you want to kind of leave them alone, let them have a thick canopy. I don't want to look at the plant and see the fruit. I want pear, apple, green tea and chamomile tones in Chenin, and I can only get those if the fruit is shaded."
Caleb wants a fresh Chenin with richness. Man does he get it. A couple hours of skin contact enhances the richness, as does fermentation in a concrete egg (for rounder flavors with bigger texture). Caleb keeps things as natural as possible - no additions or adjustments. "I want the whole thing, the 'whole food' to be served."
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