2014 Vinum Cellars White Blends or Varietals "White Elephant"
Winery: Vinum Cellars
Wine Name/Vineyard: "White Elephant"
Wine Category: White Blends or Varietals
Grape blend: 58% Chenin Blanc, 32% Viognier & 10% Roussanne
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 411
KWG Score: 89 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: December 14, 2016
Wine Review: This straw colored white blend from Vinum is very good. It opens with banana custard and pear like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a French oak influenced pear with notes of banana. I also detected hints of guava and cardamom. The finish is dry and its gentle acidity and flavors are nicely prolonged. This is a nice white wine sipper. I would drink it on its own. If I tried it with food, I would pair it with a grilled mahi-mahi sandwich. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: Medium straw color which is evidence of its careful French oak barrel fermentation. The aromas display tropical top notes from the Clarksburg Chenin Blanc such as mango and lychee, but then is backed by apricot and clove courtesy of the Paso Robles Viognier. The palate has a slightly toasted oak note and then becomes slightly creamy while opening up with its ample acidity (again from the Clarksburg Chenin Blanc), but then shows the pear grit and pure minerality from the Paso Robles Roussanne. The wine has a long and elegant finish. It is ideal with fresh oysters on the half shell and pairs well with fresh cracked crab or crab cakes, grilled fish, or sea scallops.
Organic status: not organic
Subscribers: Have you tried this wine? Rate it.
(Not a subscriber? Sign up.)
Ken's Wine Guide