McKinley Springs Winery 2010 Chenin Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills, $14

By on September 7, 2013

mckinley-springs-winery-chenin-blanc-bottleBest Buy! The Andrews family began planting its 2,000 acres — one of the largest in the Northwest — back in 1981, and Chenin Blanc was one of the first varieties. Doug Rowell’s winemaking approach for this is to go with stainless steel, some surlie aging and finish it dry. That helps explain the nose of cantaloupe, pear, apricot, cherry juice, rosewater and spearmint. Flavors focus on honeydew melon with white peach and more pear, followed by pleasing oilyness on the midpalate and gorgeous fresh citrus acidity. There’s no sign yet of this slowing down, so enjoy with pasta salad or oysters.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 389 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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