Megan Bell

Margins

Clarksburg Chenin Blanc - 2019

Characteristics

Acidity

Body

Umami

Clarksburg Chenin Blanc - 2019
Like a white bouquet of Diego Rivera’s calla lilies, Megan’s Chenin Blanc feels both exuberant and mournful with flavors of rain-damp wool and orange blossoms.

In many ways this Chenin Blanc serves as Megan’s manifesto, an expression of both her honesty and impressive work ethic. Winemakers tend to gloss over certain messy realities. For Megan, these realities are foundational and her willingness to share them openly make her wines ring with a clarity of purpose. This Chenin Blanc is the result of a collaboration with fourth-generation vineyard manager David Ogilvie, who agreed to sell her fruit as a recent UC Davis graduate. The arrangement was win-win, providing Megan the foothold she’d needed to launch Margins and David a partner with whom to convert his vineyard to organic. Megan  presses whole clusters into a stainless steel tank for fermentation, and then ages the wine in neutral oak barrels. Native fermentation, no fining, filtration, or other modifications or additions except 20 ppm of sulfur dioxide the week before bottling.

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Megan Bell

Margins

Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

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