Haarmeyer Cellars St. Rey Chenin Blanc


Haarmeyer Wine Cellars is a family team - Craig, Alex, Kelly, and Marian Haarmeyer. Started in 2008 with fruit from a vineyard near the town of Galt, CA. Their primary focus is on Chenin Blanc and how it expresses itself, the vineyard, and the cellar. As wine drinkers they gravitate to Chenin Blanc wines irrespective of origin - Classic Loire Valley wines, Savennières in particular, and South African old vine wines are constant reference points. The way Chenin can manifest itself is miriad and compelling. It has naturally high acidity and handles oxidative aging in such a way that the wines are refreshing and sour in their youth and nutty and complex in their old age. Haarymeyer's entry-level wine from young vine Chenin Sutter Ranch Vineyard in the Clarksburg AVA (sand and and clay soils).  Foot treaded, pressed to tank, racked to barrel and tank. Spontaneous fermentation. This wonderfully textural, medium-bodied white delivers notes of juicy pineapple, white peach, a hint of cheese rind and wisps of salinity. A beautifully fresh, crisp, young Chenin that proves to be both layered and easily appreciated.