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This Wine Has Gone to the Dogs!

Alsace or Austria, in California, oh come on! But wait, Don and Lindsay Schroeder have made that a reality with their wonderful Chien Wines! Producing a remarkable Edelzwicker consisting of 40% Reisling, 40% Pinot Blanc, and 20% Gewurztraminer, this brilliant blend sees each varietal blended in separate stainless tanks. Such attention to detail definitely shines through.

I feel quite fortunate to have discovered Chien Wines while doing a little sleuthing on the web. Once I came across the Chien Wines website I knew I had discovered something special. One pour of the 2008 Santa Barbara County Edelzwicker and you quickly realize that Don and Lindsay have created a special wine that stands out in a sea of mediocre offerings.

According to the Chien website, the 2008 Edelzwicker was bottled in early February of 2009, and it is only now beginning to come into its own. When we  first tasted it we were both struck by the intensity of the citrus fruit and the genuine zing of acidity that made this an instantly intriguing wine.

It is not often that we come across a blend done with such a deft hand and we look forward to what Chien Wines has in store for us in the future!

Grade for this wine is an A! However, there were only 278 cases produced, so you may want to place your order before this one is sure to run out!

photos and text © 2010 craig allyn rose

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