Osa Major, Chenin Blanc 2021, Kirtlan Vineyard, Clarksburg, Sacramento Valley, CA
This California Chenin Blanc is light and fresh. Its characteristics are reminiscent of the beach with slight salinity, citrus, minerality, and a hint of ginger.
APPELLATION (AVA): Clarksburg
REGION: Central Valley
SUBREGION: Sacramento Valley
VINEYARDS: Kirtlan Vineyards
GRAPES: Chenin Blanc
SOIL: Dense clay loam
PRACTICE: Natural, minimal intervention, organic and sustainable farming
VINIFICATION: Whole cluster pressed, racked on the lees into neutral oak barrels, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, unfined, unfiltered
COLOR: Pale lemon
BODY: Light (1-2)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Salted melon, ocean spray, citrus
FLAVOR: Crisp and linear, ginger, key lime pie, minerality
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Chill extra cold and enjoy with oysters
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Osa Major Wines is a one woman enterprise - from trucking grapes to selling bottles and everything in between. Winemaker and owner Emily Fernwood spent the years after college traveling and working harvest gigs the world over, from California and Oregon to Australia and New Zealand, until founding Osa Major Wines in 2020.
As a Bay Area native, the time felt right to return home and explore the incredible variety of geology and history that can be found in the vineyards in some of our state's unique known and lesser-known wine regions, while crafting wines that explore a lighter and brighter side of California winemaking.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
Kirtlan Vineyard is located in the river delta region of the Clarksburg AVA. It's a relatively little known region, but is gaining recognition as of late for Chenin Blanc in particular. Dense clay loam soils have a tendency to cause too much vigor, so the vines are meticulously pruned and thinned to concentrate flavors. Cool winds from the coast and the moderating effects of the nearby rivers combined with a protective canopy help retain brightness and freshness in the grapes.