Pax Mahle, Chenin Blanc 2021 Lyman Ranch Vineyards, Amador County, Sierra Nevada, CA
A ripe and luscious Californian Chenin Blanc, this one’s full of tropical fruit, ginger, and spice. It’s lush and juicy on the palate, with citrus and honey.
APPELLATION (AVA): Amador County
REGION: Sierra Foothills
VINEYARD: Lyman Ranch
GRAPES: 100% Chenin Blanc
SOIL: Red granitic Sierra series
PRACTICE: Organic, sustainable
VINIFICATION: Whole-cluster pressed, fermented with indigenous yeast in concrete eggs and neutral barrels. Aged on the lees in neutral barrels for 8 months. Lightly filtered.
COLOR: Light coppery gold
BODY: Light bodied
PRIMARY AROMAS: Dry mango, ginger, plantain, orange blossom, honey, lemon peel
FLAVOR: Juicy tropical fruit, spice, honey
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION: Serve chilled. Pair with grilled white fish with a tropical fruit chutney.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Pax and Pam Mahle
“Pax and Pam moved to wine country in 1997 to create a lifestyle that involved working with wine. After a few years of tasting and sourcing wine from all over California, Pax finally found a vineyard in which he felt a kismet connection. Alder Springs Vineyard was the site and subsequently led to the launch of the PAX brand in 2000.
“Their entire lineup of wines came from cool climate vineyards in Sonoma County and Mendocino.
“At Pax Wines winemaking is approached holistically. This is done by taking care to use only grapes that are grown without the use of chemicals and by hand making their wines with as little intervention as possible. As a result, all of their wines are crushed by foot and hand, and fermented using only natural yeasts.” (paxwine.com)