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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, 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 the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast 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 Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

    Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

    Chenin Blanc

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    Responsible for some of the world’s highest quality white wines, Chenin Blanc doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Unquestionably at its best in its birthplace of the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc can do it all—from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still or sparkling. Perhaps Chenin Blanc’s greatest asset is its ever-present acidity, maintained even under warm growing conditions. Chenin Blanc is planted in California, namely in the Clarksburg AVA but also very widely planted in South Africa, where it is occasionally labeled as “Steen.”

    In the Glass

    Chenin Blanc ranges from austere to richly sweet, with aromas of McIntosh apple, honey, beeswax, jasmine, hay, and quince. When grown in warmer regions, Chenin Blanc develops richer, tropical-fruit flavors, such as pineapple and melon, as well as ripe stone fruit. Often these wines carry some residual sugar.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cool-climate Chenin Blanc has the structure, austerity, and chalky acidity to work with antipasti or unadorned seafood, such as oysters and shellfish. Off-dry styles work well with the sweet-and-sour nature of Thai and Vietnamese food.

    Sommelier Secret

    There are several appellations throughout the Loire Valley devoted to producing different styles of Chenin Blanc. Vouvray, Saumur, Anjou, and Savennieres are known for excellent dry and off-dry wines; Vouvray, along with Montlouis, Bonnezeaux, and Quarts de Chaume, produces glorious late-picked sweet wines whose high sugar levels are offset by Chenin Blanc’s hallmark acidity. Sparkling Crèmant de Loire, Saumur, and Vouvray provide delightfully affordable and flavorful alternatives to Champagne.

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