90pts Wine Enthusiast
Medium-bodied wine tastes vivid and tangy but also boasts rich, ripe and round characteristics that broaden the flavors and lead to a lingering finish. It shows an abundance of ripe pear, apple and citrus flavors that really wake up the taste buds. Editors' Choice
89pts Wilfred Wong
The Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier has been a mainstay amongst the aromatic whites in the marketplace for more than two decades. The 2018 vintage is what I expected it to be. This wine is delightfully fragrant and delicious. Its aromas and flavors of apple jelly, flowers, and its slightly sweet aftertaste would pair well with shredded chicken meat over a bed of fresh greens and a touch of chili oil. (Tasted: August 7, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
Crisp, bright, and vivacious, CB+V 2018 is an aromatic white blend boasting a bouquet of honeysuckle and orange blossoms along with tropical fruit aromas of lychee and pineapple complemented by green apple, lemon, and grapefruit. The entry is bright and fresh, exhibiting flavors of fresh ginger, ruby grapefruit, lemon curd, and Granny Smith apples. While this is a fresh, juicy wine, it has an incredible midpalate weight with zesty acidity carrying the flavors through to the lengthy finish.
This versatile wine pairs well with a number of dishes, from light salads to seafood, and most notably with foods with a hint of spiciness—its subtle sweetness provides balance alongside a touch of heat. It’s the perfect pour for the start of an evening with appetizers such as goat cheese, radishes, and olives. Also try Chenin Blanc + Viognier with a flavorful Thai curry, a frittata withsweet onions and ricotta, or a shrimp and avocado tostada.
Blend: 78% Chenin Blanc, 22% Viognier