Bonny Doon Vineyard Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc
Not at all atypical of the genuine article from the Loire Valley, you can pick up a strong impression of pear, key lime and quince, the latter two also suggested in the subliminal and pleasing astringency on the back palate. There is also a faint though undeniable briny or salty quality found here, perhaps a subtle cue that a half dozen oysters might due one some good.
Based in Santa Cruz, the heartland of New Age thinking and dreaming, Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded in 1983 by Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon is known for strikingly original wines made from "lesser" known grape varieties, the so-called vinous Ugly Ducklings. Originally focused on poinot noir, Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark on the vinous world with its pioneering work with Rhone varieties and innovative production techniques.