Lot 918 2022 Clarksburg Chenin Blanc, is a fruit orchard in a glass. We wish we could tell you the source winery for this alluring white, but an NDA prevents us from spilling the beans. We can tell you the Chenin Blanc grapes for Lot 918 come from a sustainably-farmed single vineyard along a winding river delta in Clarksburg, an hour and a half east of Napa. This area is known for its hot summer weather and long growing season. Cool breezes flow along the delta to bring temperatures down at night during those summer months of heat in California’s Central Valley.
The Lot 918 is zesty and fresh, bursting out the gate with white flowers, lime blossoms, candied peach, and apricot cream. Open and expansive on entry, with waves of beautiful silken fruit that call to mind kiwi, apricots, poached pear, peach ring, and even a hint of watermelon rind.
Now that you’ve got the picture Lot 918, imagine this: you, with a chilled glass of this off-dry Chenin in hand, surrounded by an appetizer bar stocked with plump, ripe, juicy farmer’s market fresh strawberries with whipped cream and chocolate sauce for dipping. It’s the kind of scene we’ll be repeating every Friday night for the foreseeable future. Will you join us?
If you’re a fan of sparkling wine, you’ll find a friend in this off-white. It has a kiss of sweetness, but the acid tension is so present that the wine is seemingly dry. One whiff, and you’ll be picturing a lush fruit orchard after a gentle summer rain.
Watch as Chris Lafleur, Sommeliers Creed for Cameron Hughes walks us through a tasting of this Clarksburg Chenin Blanc.