Review: 2011 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier California

One of precious few wines with a plus sign in the name, Pine Ridge’s unique blend of acidic Chenin Blanc and ultra-fruity Viognier comes together in rather spectacular and highly drinkable fashion, all for $12 a bottle (or even $10 if you shop around).

A greatest hits collection of these two lesser-regarded wine grapes, Pine Ridge’s California-sourced wine is brisk and zippy on the tongue, backed by loads of fruit: More apples and pears than the traditional peaches and apricots of Viognier, but those latter flavors are present as secondary notes, too. The finish: Clean, inviting, and refreshing. Great wine at a great price.

A- / $12 /

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