Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2020
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley|
This tantalizing bottling starts with a steely focus on the nose of lime pith, wet rocks and apple tonic. The tightly woven palate pops with flavors of chalk, crisp Asian pear and lime peel, riding a zesty acidity deep into the finish.
The 2020 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Old Vines is attractive, but it also comes across as bit light relative to most years. Orchard fruit, mint and jasmine add an attractive upper register, yet the mid-palate creaminess of the best vintages isn't quite there. The unevenness of the growing season is evident.
The 2020 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard is defined by savory, wooly aromas with a core of bruised apples. The light-bodied is tangy and neutral, with slightly nutty character and a textural bite on the finish.