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2011 WHITE ELEPHANT Rhone Style White Blend 750ml 5-Pack

This medium straw colored vibrant white blend is celebrating its forteenth vintage in 2011. The idea was to make a Loire inspired Chenin Blanc based wine in the new world. California is known for optimal growing conditions yielding wines generous in fruit and ripeness, but terrior, has been less of an obvious factor when compared to many European examples. White Elephant is a magical blend of barrel fermented Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier.

Light straw color with beautiful tropical aromas of mango, guava and passion fruit. These carry forward into the palate and with it comes superior acidity from the  core base of Chenin Blanc, which shows exquisite citrus such as lemon/lime, meyer lemon and key lime.  The finish is long and generous with peach, apricot, pear grit and honey comb with excellent minerality.  The wine finishes with custard-like cream flavors and honey comb.


Winery Retail Price: $100.00
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Total MSRP:   $119.00

  • Varietal Composition: California White Table Wine
  • Appellations: 68% Chenin Blanc, Wilson Vineyards, Clarksburg; 17% Roussanne, Santa Barbara; 15% Viognier, (Sonoma County)
  • Winemakers: Richard Bruno, Chris Condos
  • ML: 20% Malo-lactic
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.70
  • pH: 3.38
  • Barrels: 33% 2 year old French Oak 33% 3 year old French Oak 33% 4 year old French Oak
  • Production: 611 cases

Winery Details

Vinum Cellars

Richard Bruno & Chris Condos
Napa, CA

Vinum Cellars is a collaboration of winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos, who first became friends while they were students at UC Davis. They share a long standing passion for Chenin Blanc and fondness for the more obscure grape varieties.

After graduation, Chris went to work for Pine Ridge as Enologist, and Richard went to Bonny Doon as their distiller. Shortly after, their friendship was solidified over Chenin Blanc with the creation of their first wine "Pointe Blanc". Currently the Vinum Cellars team is working with over 14 grape varieties from El Dorado and San Benito Counties to Napa Valley.

Our basic winemaking philosophy is to work with great grape growers to develop the best fruit in the vineyard. We pick the grapes at optimal ripeness and gently process the fruit. We are very experimental with yeast strains and use different cultures for each variety. Our whites are barrel fermented slowly and aged Sur Lies in small French Oak barrels. With our reds, skin contact is optimized by the use of small open top fermentors, hand punch downs and extended maceration before pressing. Our belief in the use of older French Oak barrels allows the varietal fruit of our wines to be expressed. We are committed to experimenting and learning new winemaking methods while preserving an old world approach.

As an environmentally conscious company, Vinum Cellars works only with sustainable growers to create Eco-Friendly products. The packaging choices were made specifically to minimize their carbon footprint. Some of those features are: Domestically produced light weight, Eco-Series glass; labels and cartons using only non-toxic, water based inks and each of these suppliers recycles 100% of the waste created by manufacturing our packaging.

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