Pacific Rim 2007 Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley
Full Disclosure: This wine was provided as a free sample from the producer.
Yet another Pacific Rim wine from Washington that is one of my new favorites. This time, the 2007 Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley (13.1%) delivered a pleasant surprise to our meal.
In the glass, this Washington chenin blanc was a light golden straw color delivering notes of pear, honeysuckle, and wet stone. In the mouth, I really liked the clean, crisp texture of this wine. And there was a terrific minerality, with well balanced acidity against the 1.2% residual sugar. I was pleasantly surprised how crisp this wine was.
We paired the Pacific Rim chenin blanc with a grilled flank steak served with a reduced spicy soy sauce, steamed white rice, and an arugula salad with rice vinegar and oil. The chenin blanc stood up very well to this meal, with the acidity and residual sugar offering a delicious accompaniment.
At $10, I would definitely buy another bottle or three of this Pacific Rim wine.
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