Monday, September 14, 2015

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Herzog Wine Cellars Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc

Herzog Wine Cellars Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc 2014
Clarksburg, California

It is time for Modest Monday: Kosher edition!

Yesterday was the start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and I've been popping some Kosher bottles!

Tonight I bring you a little tasty white wine from California. The Baron Herzog line, named for an family ancestor, Philip, who made wine in Slovakia for the member of the Austro-Hungarian court back in the day, is an entry level offering by the winery.

The grapes are sourced from Clarksburg in the northern stretch of California's Central Valley. Cooling fog and breezes from the San Francisco Bay help to keep Clarksburg more temperate than other parts of the valley.

Review: This Chenin shows white flowers and sweet candied peaches on the nose.  It is a bit off dry on the palate, with more sweet stone fruit, orange blossom, and a touch of spicy ginger. The wine has a relatively low level of acidity, giving it a waxy, mouthcoating texture. The finish is medium in length, reminding me of canned peaches in syrup. 

Food Pairing: Serve with lighter fare during your first course, or as an aperitif.

Bottom Line: I wish the Baron had a bit more acidity to liven up the feel of the wine, but the flavors are solid and fruity. Not my first pick for a Chenin (I'm a sucker for Loire Chenin), but likely a crowd pleaser at $9.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2014
  • PLACE: Clarksburg AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Chenin Blanc
  • BOOZE: 12%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Wegman's
What's the damage? Low Price

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