2016 Chenin Blanc, Jurassic Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

Release Date: Summer 2019

Production: 150 cases

Vineyard: Planted in 1982, the sustainably farmed Jurassic Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley is situated on rolling hills at an elevation of approximately 1,100 feet. The vineyard takes its name from the site’s fossil-rich soils. These well-drained, limestone laden sandy soils produce small vines and clusters. Jurassic’s own-rooted Chenin Blanc vines produce a beautifully textured wine with abundant minerality and exotic fruit.

Harvest: While 2016 was another warm growing season that led to an early harvest and moderate yields, the crop was beautifully balanced with the grapes showing excellent concentration. We picked our Chenin Blanc from Jurassic on September 14th, at 21.0° Brix. Fermentation: This wine underwent a few hours of skin contact before being wholecluster pressed and fermented in a concrete egg.

Cellar Notes: Because our goal is to spotlight the age-worthy complexity of Jurassic’s fruit, this wine spent 11 months in a concrete egg before being transferred to neutral oak for five more months prior to bottling. To allow it ample time to evolve and integrate, it was given an additional nine months of aging in bottle.

Technical Notes:
Alcohol: 12.5 pH: 3.37
Total acid: 6.0 g/l
Malolactic fermentation: 100%

Tasting Notes: This wine begins with a beautiful nose of lemon citrus, quince, crushed rock minerality, sweet hay and herbs. On the palate, an almost architectural streak of acidity adds poise and length to flavors of smoked pineapple, lemon verbena and citrus candy, all of which carry through to a long, complex and creamy finish. See Wine Advocate Rating Below.

Vision: In contrast to the bright, vibrant and youthful character of our Saini Chenin Blanc, our Jurassic Chenin Blanc showcases the texture and complexity that can be achieved when this variety is give time to age. With its old vines and ideal soils, Jurassic is the perfect vineyard for this alluring style of Chenin Blanc.

Wine Advocate Rating

2016 Leo Steen Chenin Blanc Jurassic Vineyard



Reviewed by

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Release Price Drink Date

NA 2018 - 2023

Issue Date Source

29th Jun 2018 237, The Wine Advocate

Producer: Leo Steen
From: USA , California , Central Coast , Santa Barbara County

Color: White
Type: Table Sweetness: Dry

Type: Table

Variety: Chenin Blanc

The 2016 Chenin Blanc Jurassic Vineyard is scented of lightly browned toast and fresh hay over a core of white peaches and sliced pears plus a hint of almonds. Medium-bodied with mouth-filling apple and savory flavors, it finishes long and lively. Quite an oxidative style and it really works! 165 cases produced.