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Coquelicot Estate Vineyard

Michael Kelly
January 29, 2021 | Michael Kelly

Coquelicot Estate Vineyard 2018 Chenin Blanc – A Gem from Santa Ynez Valley

A new winery for me, but what a delightful and refreshing 2018 Chenin Blanc this evening. This Chenin Blanc is everything you could ask for and more. Coquelicot (pronounced ko-klee-ko) is the French word for the bright and often portrayed red poppy flower that populates the French countryside. Coquelicot Estate Vineyard is organically farmed in Santa Ynez Valley on 58 acres. They were recently award Certified Organic designation which takes five years to obtain.

The wine is a glistening light gold color on the eyes with medium viscosity. On the nose honeysuckle with a floral bouquet. But once in the mouth an explosion of apple, pear, honeydew melon and a hint of lime envelopes the palate. The finish is medium with a mild minerality and a delicate kiss of sweetness to balance the acidity of this fine wine. This wine will be released in February to Wine Club Members and then the general public.


Tonight this was paired with a stir-fried Teriyaki chicken and Udon noodles. A perfect mouthwatering combination!






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