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2016 Grenache Blanc
Pours a pale white gold in the glass and emits floral aromas of peach and citrus blossom. The mouthfeel is full of honeysuckle and pear which offers surprising richness to balance the elegant flavors. The weight from the barrel aging builds over time, producing a food friendly white capable of pairing a wide range of dishes from Porcini risotto to roasted guinea fowl.
All of the grapes for our Grenache Blanc come from the neighboring Glenrose Vineyard. Established around the same time as our Estate Vineyard and planted on similar Calcareous soils, this vineyard is a natural complement to ours. The Glenrose Vineyard is the only source we use for White Rhone varietals we bottle under the Calcareous label. We have worked as partners with them on our blocks for going on 14 years.
2016 was a moderate year in both temperature and rainfall. That ended up being wonderful for white wines. A slightly cooler August allowed white varietals to ripen without threat of raisining or elevated sugar levels, keeping the flavors fresh and bright.