Folk Machine Chenin Blanc Mendocino County 2015
The wines by Kenny Likitprakong capture the magic that Vinley believes in - that wine is like a postcard from a time and place and a hallmark of craftsmen of an ancient trade. This Chenin Blanc comes from California's Central Coast but was inspired by Kenny's trip to Loire Valley in France, where he experienced the wonderful clean minerality of white wines from that region. For him it was an inspiring contrast to the heavy fruit and oak of California Chardonnays, and it has been his mission ever since to evoke refreshing acidity and purity of fruit and soil in his Chenin Blancs.
From the old vine Norgard Vineyard on the Talmage Bench in Mendocino, only 277 cases of this white wine were produced. The grapes were wholecluster pressed into two concrete eggs for fermentation, and then left on the lees in a combination of
concrete egg and neutral barrels for Malolactic fermentation. Citrus acidity and wonderful minerality dominate the palate.