Miriam Alexandra 2014 California Chenin Blanc. This wine, my Valentines Day present to my readers, comes from a real up and coming winemaker Alexandra Faber, a graduate of the UC Davis wine making program, who worked for a while for a big name winery before she struck out on her own to see what she could create that didn’t fit in to the big box wine mold. She also spends time working for Naked Wines helping manage their now stable of about eighty (80) plus winemakers while she works on creating her own special wines.
Her 2014 California Chenin Blanc made a huge hit with the Naked Wines 100,000 plus strong angel network and she just released her 2015 vintage which portends to be just as good or better though I have not tried it yet. I must say, I am a Chenin Blanc devote as I like my white wines crisp and on the dry side. This offering represents a different palate sensation for me. It’s crisp, fruity and dry. Alex has crafted a wine that offers the dryness I like but more definite fruitiness (sweet sensation) than most and when chilled properly, presents as crisp (bite my tongue) as you can get. I am really looking forward to comparing it to the 2015 and really awaiting her next new creation. I posted my review and tasting notes to the wine reviews and will do a follow up for the 2015 vintage.