Pine Ridge 2006 Clarksburg Chenin Blanc-Viognier ($15.99)
This blend of mostly (86 percent) Chenin Blanc with 14% Viognier is a pale, straw-color wine. It shows hints of both varieties on the nose, honeydew melon attributable to Chenin and light, delicate wildflowers suggesting Viognier. Fresh, lively flavor, a hint of prickly, barely carbonated "petillance" adds a refreshing vibe. Crisp white fruit and zippy lemon-lime last and last in a long, clean finish. A wonderful summer sipper, pleasantly slurpable at just 12.2% alcohol; it shows more than enough complexity and character to lift it well above the ordinary. US Importer: (Jul 20, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with seafood, poultry or pork, it served delightfully with spaghetti aglio e olio tossed with sauteed bites of mixed cod, sea bass, grouper, tilapia and tuna.



Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Rosenblum Cellars 2005 "Chateau La Paws" California Cote du Bone Roan
View the next tasting note: Girolamo Dorigo 2005 Colli Orientali del Friuli Ribolla Gialla