Overview of the Wine
Planted in 1982, the sustainably farmed Jurassic Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley is situated on rolling hills at an elevation of approximately 1,100 feet. The vineyard takes its name from the site’s fossil-rich soils. These well-drained, limestone-laden sandy soils produce small vines and clusters. Jurassic’s own-rooted Chenin Blanc vines generally ripen about three weeks later than our Dry Creek Valley Chenin Blanc and yield a very different expression of the grape, offering lovely texture, abundant minerality and exotic stone fruit flavors.
"[...] In 1999, I moved to California to immerse myself in winemaking firsthand, and spent the next several years working days in wineries and nights as a sommelier. (My grape-stained fingers were part of the inspiration for the sommelier’s print.) At the same time, I complemented my practical experience by studying chemistry, viticulture and winemaking. My journey led me to Stuhlmuller Vineyards an acclaimed, family-run winery in the Alexander Valley, where I ultimately became winemaker in 2004—the same year I founded Leo Steen Wines.
Since then, I have worked to hone my craft, always with an eye towards that place where style and vineyard authenticity naturally meet. My classically trained European palate is a part of that equation. So is my appreciation for the charm and character of great California winemaking. As a result, I have developed a gentle approach that focuses more on natural yeasts, lower alcohols and less new oak. The winemaker in me thinks about the vineyards I am privileged to work with, and what I love about them. While my sommelier side reminds me that great wine finds is most elegant expression served alongside good food in the company of family and friends. I hope you find both sides of this philosophy realized in my wines."
Grape / Blend
Santa Ynez Valley,
Santa Barbara County, California
(Central Coast AVA)
This wine begins with a beautiful nose of almond, white pepper and beeswax, subtle notes of ash and quince. On the palate, an almost architectural streak of acidity adds poise and length to flavors of almond skin & Meyer lemon all of which carry through to a long, complex and creamy finish.
Praise For Past Vintages:
90 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Chenin Blanc Jurassic Vineyard is scented of lightly browned toast and fresh hay over a core of white peaches and sliced pears plus a hint of almonds. Medium-bodied with mouth-filling apple and savory flavors, it finishes long and lively. Quite an oxidative style and it really works! 165 cases produced. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Product size: 750ml