This is a white blend made from 66% Grenache Blanc, 28% Roussanne, and 6% Chenin Blanc. Pop and pour, this needed a good hour or more to really open up. Pale golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has a cream soda note. With air, it shows wax and lemons. With even more air, some tropical fruits come out (pineapple and guava?). Full bodied. Good acidity. Light tannins. On the palate, the experience is similar to the nose; cream soda to waxy lemons to tropical fruits. A creamy texture. Some warmth on the finish but this also goes away with air. This is obviously young and sho
What an excellent value in white wine. For $20, this was better than many white Chateauneuf's. It is a blend of 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Ugni Blanc. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has minerals, wax, toast and spice. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, almonds, lemons, and wax notes with good acidity. A bit of a bitter almond note on the finish. The drinks well on its own and would work well with food. Fried chicken would be a good match. Drink over the next few years.
2019 Halcon Vineyards Prado Halcon Vineyard, USA, California, Mendocino, Yorkville Highlands, Wine Review
This is a happy accident. This white Rhone Blend (65% Roussanne 35% Marsanne) and was bottled and it turned out to have a bit of trapped CO2 giving it a light fizz (frizzante). The winery enjoyed it and it sold out quickly. Light golden in color. The nose has some minerality and pears. Clean. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is indeed a bit of a fizz. The wine is refreshing and goes down easily. Some pears and plenty of minerals. Shorter finish. It drinks well on its own and will work with lighter foods. Drink over the next five to seven years.
This is their take on a white Chateauneuf du Pape and they do it very well.
Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has apples, golden raisins, and slight lemon notes. On the palate, this has a slightly viscous texture. Apples and pears with a nice streak of acidity. Moderate finish. This drinks smoothly right now on its own. It will work well with lighter foods. Drink over the next few years.
This is a blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Picardan, and Clairette Blanche. From a 375ml size bottle which is a great format for early drinking or when one wants just another glass or two. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with pears, spice, slight wax, and slight honey. On the palate, this is full bodied. The pears come thru along with the baking spices. Good balance. Light tannins. Long finish. White Rhone varietals can be tricky to age, but this seems like it should be good for five to seven and probably more. It will work well with sea
2014 Epoch Estate Wines Possibility Paderewski Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek, Wine Review
I had never heard of this wine before although I enjoy the winery very much. It is a blend of 79% Syrah, 21% Grenache Blanc from the Paderweski Vineyard. It is 17% ABV but not fortified. Bottled only in 375ml bottles. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, chocolate and crème brûlée. On the palate, this is sweet and does border on cloying. The right food brings it back under control - something chocolaty but not too sweet. The black raspberries and dark chocolate notes carry thru. Not a lot of acidity. A little goes a long way. I suspect this lasts a lon
What a killer white wine. This was even better than the 2016 and 2013. Deep golden in color. The nose has smoke, lemons, floral notes and white peaches. On the palate, this is full bodied with a zesty acidity. There is a lemon cream quality to it not too unlike a nice Chard but also peaches with underlying minerals. This is a big wine but with enough energy to pull it off. It does have a bit of an acidic bite on the finish right now. It is delicious and worked great with a pea.
A very pretty white wine from the Rhone. This is a big, round wine that is unique and outstanding. Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette and Roussanne. Golden in color. The nose is gorgeous with peaches, minerals, slight lime, toast and a slight waxy/floral quality (not unlike my late Aunt's apartment). On the palate, this is round with a slightly oily texture. very nice acidity. Long finish. In a very good way, this is somewhat like a white Burgundy with a peach candle melted in. Delicious. It would go great with food especially vegetarian grain dishes (couscous, quinoa, etc.).
Grenache Blanc doesn't get enough respect. That may be because in Europe, it doesn't do as well and is used as a blending grape, seldom on its own. In California, however, there are many examples of Grenache Blanc being bottled independently and some of those are quite good. This is one of them. Tablas Creek specializes in Rhone varietals and while this wine is not sold en masse, it is available at the winery. Light golden in color. The nose has nice pear notes with some anise and slight salinity. On the palate, the pears continue along with some honeydew notes and underlying chalkin