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2007 Pascal Janvier Jasnieres***
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Loire Valley, France $22 Silverlake Wine 4/19/09
A pale, yellow-colored wine with bright aromatics of green apple and pear with hints of minerals and herbs. The palate is medium-bodied and well-balanced with just the right amount of acidity to temper the fruitiness and make the finish linger. The flavors mirror the nose with additional notes of honey and sweet spice. Elegant and interesting this wine made me wonder why I don't drink more Chenin while I savored sip after sip.

2006 Husch Vineyards Chenin Blanc**
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Mendocino, CA $12 Trader Joe's 11/7/08
A water-white, lemon-green colored-wine with bright aromatics of citrus and ripe green fruits along with notes of blossom. The palate is medium-bodied and off-dry with just the right amount of acidity to keep the wine from being flabby. The flavors are of apple, pear and lychee with hints of lemon and flowers on the ripe, yet refreshing finish. Not complex, but an enjoyable wine from year to year.

2006 Kanu Vineyards Chenin Blanc**
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Stellenbosch, South Africa $10 @ Trader Joe's 9/10/07
A light-bodied, pale straw colored wine with a nose of tropical fruit and summer melon with a hint of spice. The palate is crisp and ripe with tropical fruit and citrus notes, along with hints of pear and minerals on the moderate finish. A pleasant wine especially for the price though nothing that's very memorable.

2004 Rudera Chenin Blanc**
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Stellenbosch, South Africa $20 The Wine House 3/10/08
A pale, lemon-green colored wine with a subtle nose of citrus and tropical fruits with hints of floral and spice. Aged on lees in the barrel, the wine has a medium-body and creamy texture with moderate acidity. The flavors are of lime, grapefruit, melon and apricot with notes of vanilla and almonds on the finish. A enjoyable and well-crafted wine, but not one that I would seek out again.

1990 Prince Poniatowski Vouvray Clos Baudoin***
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Loire Valley, France $23 K&L Wines 11/27/09
A medium, gold-colored wine with a nose of ripe apple, pear and honey with notes of honeysuckle and a touch of noble rot. The aromas were not as expressive as most sweet wines, which made the palate even more delightful. The wine was creamy and lush with big flavors of tart apple, poached pear, sweet spice and honey with a lengthy, mineral-filled finish. Made in the Moelleux-style, this wine would certainly fall in the dessert category, yet it had great balance and wasn't remotely cloying. Just luscious fruit unfolding over the tongue. A real surprise considering it's a 19-year-old white wine. I'd heard that Chenin's need time and now I'm a believer. The oldest wine I've ever had and though I think it's on it's way out – it lost it's fruit the longer it sat in the glass – it still delivers a lovely experience. The Prince, whose family bought the property in 1918, sold the land in 2006 to winemaker Francois Chidaine of Montlouis, so it will be interesting to see how this famous vineyard develops under new hands. I for one will be looking out for new bottlings. A real pleasure for the price, especially for those who appreciate sweeter wines.





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