Jon says... Well Priced
CNW stands for Chardonnay No Way. It’s refreshing to try a new grape once in a while, especially when it’s well done. This wine is from Clarksburg, near Sacramento, which is way off the “wine-trail”. It’s cool and clean with the right level of acidity, with some backbone due to light oak aging. It hits the spot with most appetizers.
Ted says... Buy
Chenin blanc: riesling meets chardonnay. This wine starts off a tad sweet, with a bit of fruit on the nose and you’re thinking “ooh, dessert.” But come finish, it’s a bit vanilla-ly (from the oak) and you’re thinking “what’s the main course?” Somewhere in the middle, if you pause to swirl the wine around you’ll notice an almost oily texture (like it’s super viscuous). Kind of cool :)
So even though Chardonnay is more fashionable to make, these guys chose to go the maverick route and bring back chenin blanc. I applaud the non-conformist route and this carries over right into the wine, because half of me thinks dessert, and the other half thinks, where’s the freshly buttered tilapia?