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Callaway Sweet Nancy (half-bottle)

Chenin Blanc from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    This late-harvest, botrysized Chenin Blanc is made in the tradition of the great dessert wines of Sauternes, France, which derive character and complexity from the benevolent form of the mold botrytis cinerea. Misty evenings and mornings followed by warm, dry afternoons are needed for botrytis to form properly. Ideal conditions for the formation of the elusive botrytis have occurred in our vineyards only nine times since Callaway was founded in 1969. A non-vintage dessert wine, Sweet Nancy is rich with honey and apricot flavors on top of the lush, tropical fruit of the Chenin Blanc grapes.

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    Callaway Vineyard

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    Callaway Vineyard, Central Coast, California
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    Callaway Vineyard & Winery was founded in 1969, when Ely Callaway and veteran viniculturist John Moramarco planted their first 105 acres of vineyard in Temecula, California. Temecula is 60 miles northeast of San Diego and has a unique microclimate created by the ocean breezes of the Pacific Ocean only 22 air miles away. The growing environment is similar to the coastal wine producing regions of Central and Northern California. The soils of the valley are made of decomposed granite, and are Phylloxera-free. This allows Callaway to plant vines on their own, native vinifera roots - a rarity in California.

    In 2000, Callaway expanded its grape sourcing to include all of California's prime Coastal winegrowing regions and shifted the entire brand to Callaway Coastal. With these new coastal vineyards, cooling ocean winds and fog moderate temperatures during the growing season, lengthening the time on the vine and producing fruit with concentrated varietal character and lively acidity. Callaway Coastal wines include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; as well as three Coastal Reserve limited production wines, Chardonnay, Merlot and Viognier. Callaway Coastal wines offer crisp, fresh fruit character and subtle complexity -- great with today's inventive, flavorful food styles.

    Central Coast

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

    Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

    While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

    Chenin Blanc

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    Unquestionably one of the most diverse grape varieties, Chenin blanc can do it all. It shines in every style from bone dry to unctuously sweet, oaked or unoaked, still or sparkling and even as the base for fortified wines and spirits. Perhaps Chenin blanc’s greatest asset is its ever-present acidity, maintained even under warm growing conditions. While most would agree it reigns supreme when from its birthplace of the Loire Valley, Chenin is the most planted variety in South Africa. California’s Clarksburg appellation is also winning more notoriety for its Chenin.

    In the Glass

    Chenin's drier versions commonly have characteristics of passion fruit, lemon, quince, green apple, saffron and chamomile while sweeter version express aromas and flavors such as yellow pear, white peach, persimmon, melon, ginger and honeysuckle. When aged in oak, qualities like meringue and brioche can be found. Sparkling versions often have yellow apple, ginger and floral notes.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cool-climate Chenin blanc has the chalky acidity to work with light seafood such as oysters and shellfish. Off-dry styles work well with the sweet-and-sour nature of Thai and Vietnamese food. The sparkling versions such as Saumur Mousseux, Vouvray Petillant and Crémant de Loire make amazing aperitif options that won’t bruise the pocketbook.

    Sommelier Secret

    South Africa actually has double the amount of Chenin blanc planted compared to France. It is believed that either the Dutch navigator, Jan van Riebeeck, brought the grape to Cape Town in 1655 or the Huguenots fleeing France brought it in 1685. Either way, the South Africans have favored it for many centuries and make it in almost every style. Today a new wave of dedicated producers has committed to restoring old Chenin vines and finding the most ideal new spots for this prized variety.

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