Wine of the Week: 2008 Pine Ridge Vineyards Dijon Clones Chardonnay

For years, we at Wine Dine With Us have enjoyed Pine Ridge Vineyard’s Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend, which appears on many by-the-glass wine lists here in Greater Boston. It is both very good alternative to Chardonnay and a reliable value. But with my continuing rediscovery of Chardonnay, I was eager to try winery’s Dijon Clones, which aims to bring together French vines and American winemaking in the cool Carneros climate.

Pale gold. Toasted hazelnut and pear in the nose. The mouthfeel is rich, ripe, and complex with apricots, buttered toast, lemon, and a lovely honey character. The body is medium-plus to full, which at 14.1% abv, is not surprising. Fortunately, the core of fruit and lively acidity keep the alcohol in check and prevent it from becoming overwhelming. A delicious alternative to the alternative.

At Julio’s Liquors for $29.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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