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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Fall Creek Vineyards 2005 Chenin Blanc  (Texas)

Fall Creek Vineyards

2005 Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is a people friendly grape, but, sadly, with few devotees in the wine aficionado community of North America. Personally, I’ve always thought Chenin Blanc has about the same potential to express its own varietal virtues and that of varied terroirs as does Chardonnay.

However, in the course of varietal recognition in our marketplace starting back in the 1960s, Chenin Blanc got cloaked in residual sugar, just as Chardonnay got cloaked in wood. Alas, in the rush to emulate Bordeaux and Burgundy (and not the Loire!), wood became the cloak of choice and Chardonnay became the fashion mannequin of choice.

So look on the bright side, you don’t need a bank loan to buy an interesting bottle of Chenin Blanc, and for a whopping $6.99 I recommend rediscovering the virtues of Chenin Blanc with this wine. Does the residual sugar mask too much? In my opinion, yes. Does it mask everything? Not by a long shot! Start with the enticing lemon yellow hue, and catch the citrus again in the nose, with tropical undertones. On the palate you’ll find refreshing floral and apple notes and a touch of straw, with acidity to balance the sweetness. This is, indeed, a people friendly wine. Noth’in wrong with that, pard’ner!

Reviewed April 10, 2007 by Roger Dial.

Other reviewed wines from Fall Creek Vineyards

Fall Creek Vineyards  Available in our store
2005 Merlot
Catherine Fallis 5/28/2007

The Wine

Winery: Fall Creek Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Texas
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Price: 750ml $6.99

Review Date: 4/10/2007

The Reviewer

Roger Dial

Under various hats (winegrower/maker/negotiant/writer) Roger Dial has been tasting wine professionally for 40 years. He regards varietal and regional diversity as the best virtues of wine, and is ever-suspicious of the quest (by producers and critics, alike) for “universal greatness”. His tasting regime is simple: Is the wine technically sound? Is it interesting? Warning: he’s a sucker for all aromatic varieties.