Chenin Blanc

Our Chenin Blanc grapes come from the Columbia Valley. We produce only a small number of cases of this delicious white wine. Grape sourcing is limited, but this wine is simply too good not to make. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks (No oak, no malolactic) and we usually work toward 1.2% of Residual Sugar to balance the slight natural bitterness of Chenin (look for the grapefruit rind finish).

The wine is vividly bright with flavors of pear, quince and grapefruit essence with an eruption of floral aromas. An inspired complement to shellfish, grilled fish, soft cheeses and Middle Eastern food.

Vital stats:

Alcohol 12.7%  Residual Sugar 1.1%  pH: 3.29  TA: 0.78


2010 Vintage — no reviews yet. Check back soon.

2007 Vintage

87 Points! BEST BUY Pacific Rim is a Riesling specialist, but makes a limited amount of Chenin Blanc; clearly a labor of love. Rare attention is given to this sadly degraded tasting room grape; here it has a chance to express more of its thrilling complexity. Bone dry and loaded with lemon, grapefruit and melon fruit, this adds floral hints and sweet hay in the nose, while balancing its young, leesy flavors with bright acids. — P.G. (3/1/2009)

Other Reviews

88 points! Very pale color. delicate aromas of lime and white flowers. Juicy, bright and dry, with noteworthy cut to its lime and floral flavors. There's something almost Savennières-like about this wine. Finishes with good length.
International Wine Cellar November 2008

88 Points! BEST VALUE. Bright and lively, a crisp, juicy white wine that zings with apple and passion fruit flavors, which linger appealingly. Off-dry, but it tastes crisp, crisp, crisp.
Wine Spectator, May 2008

Though winemaker Nicolas Quille is mostly occupied with Riesling, he fought to keep producing this crisp effort...with a breezy nose of fresh-pressed apple and white mineral, and a subtly sweet palate.
San Francisco Chronicle, November 2007
Best of the West

Fresh aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lime peel and freshly cut grass, this wine enters the lineup because Nicolas Quille feels Chenin Blanc is one of the great food wines of his native France. Softer than the Dry Riesling, this versatile wine is a refreshing glass on its own.
Seattle Magazine, November 2007

While Washington Stateis Pacific Rim Winemakers have the motto "Riesling Rules," we enjoyed their 2006 Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc ($12). Itis dry but well balanced, and terrific with foods spanning the globe.
The Washington Post, November 2007