Drink of the Week: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier

What was initially a purely experimental blend for Napa Valley’s Pine Ridge Vineyards (better known for their Cabernet Sauvignon) has become one of their most popular regular releases. The aptly named Chenin Blanc + Viognier is precisely that, a combination of two varietals more common to the Loire Valley and Rhône regions of France but never traditionally blended. The 2017 release is 83 percent Chenin Blanc harvested early at lower sugar levels and 17 percent Viognier picked at the height of sweetness. The resulting wine is intensely aromatic with tropical fruit, honeysuckle and fresh herbs while flavors of lychee and nectarine are balanced with bright citrus. A subtle, creamy sweetness contributed by the Viognier is well-carried by the Chenin Blanc’s structured acidity, making this one easy to enjoy straight through the fall alongside some spicy Thai food. $16, shop.pineridgevineyards.com.