Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier, 2014


When we open a Chenin Blanc we are predisposed to expect something of a cross between butterscotch and cream soda, and then plus, plus, plus.  And when we open a Viognier we are predisposed to expect a tangy, spicy kick, with a rich, maybe oily residue on the palate.  And then when we saw this blend and didn’t know what to expect we were completely ready for a marriage made in heaven.  But it is in fact something of the War of the Roses.  A lovely golden hue, a not too enticing nose and flat on the palate.

 

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley.  As they say.

It was, initially, an experiment.  Robert Parker lauds it and apparently so do consumers, it’s a hit.  Go for it.  But we found the fruit and floral a clash.  The thing is, we had a Rhone blend earlier in the week at Vancouver’s new Botanist restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  They have a well sourced by the glass menu including (the impossible to source commercially) Domaine de la Mordorée, Cuvée La Reine des Bois, Grenache Blanc Blend.  Wowza.  This was a stupendous stunner with gobs of depth and layers of flavour and ridiculously food friendly.  What a blend.  Sometimes the French get it oh so right.

 

Price: Lost the receipt but a reasonable “in the low 20s” at Kitsilano Wine Cellar.

 

Market Liquidity: A curiosity.

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