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2020 Chenin Blanc by Colleen Sullivan

2020 Chenin Blanc

Female Winemaker

Award-winner

Certified Sustainable

Single Vineyard

Winery: Revolution Wines
Maker: Colleen Sullivan
Region: Clarksburg AVA, CA
Vineyard: Wilson Vineyards
Awards: Gold, Women’s Int’l Wine Competition
Notes: lemon zest, jasmine, white peach

 

The Nerdy Details

Price per can: $8
Aged: 60% in stainless steel and 40% in neutral oak for 5 months
Fermentation: 75% stainless steel, 25% neutral oak
Residual Sugar (g/L): 0.0 g/L
ABV: 12%
pH: 3.42

100% Chenin Blanc

The Maker

Colleen Sullivan is a spunky millennial who has a passion for bringing people together over good wine and food – sans the snobbery. She’s worked her way up from server to head winemaker in just three years at Revolution, an urban winery and restaurant in the heart of downtown Sacramento. She’s on a mission to put Clarksburg on the map for Chenin; the hot days and the cool delta nighttime breeze of the town, just 15 miles from downtown Sacramento, make it one of the best places in the world for growing Chenin Blanc.

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The Wine

Tropical aromas, stone fruit, and lemon balm — this zesty, zippy, Chenin Blanc is the perfect blend of fruity and funky. It’s versatile with bright acidity, making it the perfect food pairing and porch sippin’ wine.

Body

2/5

Acidity

4/5

Sweetness

1/5

Tannin

1/5

The Can

  • 100% Recyclable
  • Doesn’t affect the taste
  • No light exposure or oxidation
  • No “corked” wines
1 can is equivalent to 1/3 bottle

The Label

The can design features the Sac-town skyline as a nod to Revolution Wines’ location in the heart of downtown Sacramento,.

Pair With

Colleen says it best herself: “OYSTERS!  And then more oysters.” If oysters aren’t your thing, enjoy her Chenin with spicy Thai food or a homemade spaghetti complete with lemon, garlic and a funky cheese plate.

Winemaker Notes

Clarksburg is one of few areas where Chenin blanc shows its true varietal characteristics. We hand pick all of our fruit and choose which lots will ferment in stainless steel or which goes to neutral barrels. The earlier of our two 2020 Chenin blanc harvests was fermented all in neutral barrels and underwent spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The barrels were stirred twice before racking & blending. The second harvest was split, fermenting and aging in both stainless steel and neutral barrels, again with spontaneous malolactic fermentation, before being blended. The final wine is a blend of the two picks: 33% from the first harvest and 67% from the second.

True to the nature of Chenin Blanc, this wine has acid aplenty. It has a lovely lemon/lime flower bouquet, with lemon zest & jasmine along for the ride. 

“In the mouth, it is zippy & minerally, with white peach, a limestone mouthfeel & lemon balm on the finish.”

— Colleen Sullivan, Revolution Wines
Colleen Sullivan pouring a sample at Revolution Wines in Sacramento
Head Winemaker Colleen Sullivan