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Folk Machine Chenin Blanc

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Vintage: 2021
Region: Clarksburg, California
Viticulture: Sustainable
Grape varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc

Folk Machine Chenin Blanc is sourced from the organic Wilson Vineyard on Merritt Island in Clarksburg. Chenin Blanc is a versatile white-wine grape variety that has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years but is now grown worldwide (California grows more Chenin Blanc than all of France). It is most commonly associated with France’s Loire Valley, and its high acidity levels mean it can be vinified in a number of different styles: as lusciously sweet, botrytis-affected dessert wines, light, honeyed sparkling wines, and as full-bodied, still white wines. 2021 is the fifth vintage of Chenin from this site. The acid is higher, and the wine is a bit more austere, bordering on being reductive (in a good way), but still savory and refreshing for sure….always about texture. Still, assuredly, a California Chenin Blanc.

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About Folk Machine Chenin Blanc

Folk Machine Chenin Blanc is sourced from the organic Wilson Vineyard on Merritt Island in Clarksburg. Chenin Blanc is a versatile white-wine grape variety that has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years but is now grown worldwide (California grows more Chenin Blanc than all of France). It is most commonly associated with France’s Loire Valley, and its high acidity levels mean it can be vinified in a number of different styles: as lusciously sweet, botrytis-affected dessert wines, light, honeyed sparkling wines, and as full-bodied, still white wines. 2021 is the fifth vintage of Chenin from this site. The acid is higher, and the wine is a bit more austere, bordering on being reductive (in a good way), but still savory and refreshing for sure….always about texture. Still, assuredly, a California Chenin Blanc.

About Folk Machine

Having made a name for himself crafting critically acclaimed Cabernets and Zinfandels for his label Hobo Wine Company, Kenny Likitprakong created Folk Machine Wines as a home for his Pinot Noirs and a smattering of wines from some of California’s more esoteric grapes. A former surf bum, Kenny spent his twenties drinking cheap Bordeaux and sleeping on beaches. He doesn’t own vineyards, instead, he sources grapes from 40 different vineyards along the Northern California coast, from Santa Cruz to Mendocino.

Sourcing fruit this way can have some negative effects on quality but Kenny does things a little differently. He plants and tends thousands of vines on 18 leased acres in Santa Cruz and Sonoma, and keeps a sharp eye on quality control everywhere else. “I see 15 to 20 vineyards a week during harvest. It’s important that the agricultural views of the people tending the vines line up with mine,” says Kenny. “If you have great grapes, you can still screw it up. But if you don’t have great grapes, you’re never going to turn them into gold.”

Like all of Kenny’s wines, the Folk Machines are nimble and approachable; a balancing act between sheer pleasure and complexity.