Lang & Reed 2016 Chenin Blanc Napa Valley ($27)
The last vintage of this wine sold out, so don’t wait too long to try this Napa Valley chenin blanc. It is incredible that the historic chenin blanc grape variety is surviving at all in the valley. While it was once the most-planted white grape here, it has been pulled out as fast as chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon could be planted in its place.
Napa Valley’s numerous chardonnay styles provide something for everyone, but chenin blanc is a fun alternative for your next summer dinner party. The same combination of crispness and richness offered by chardonnay is here, but with a healthy dose of Napa history to boot. Richly textured, the 2016 has exotic, spicy lemon and lime citrus flavors layered with riper orange and tangerine.
Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.