We’ve come across a Grenache Blanc worthy of our Lot Series program for only the third time in CHW history, and trust us when we say we’ve tasted a LOT (no pun intended) of samples along the way.
Today’s release Lot 891 2021 Suisun Valley Grenache Blanc hails from the same pedigreed source as last week’s Viognier release (which is nearly sold out BTW). A crisp, white wine with origins in Spain and most commonly found in the Rhône region today, Grenache Blanc is still a rarity among US plantings, however, the Suisun Valley is one of those places this unique varietal absolutely thrives. Its Mediterranean-like climate due to its proximity to both the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Valley, allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity, resulting in a finished wine with complexity, structure, and a vibrant acidity. Aged 50% in neutral oak barrels for depth and complexity, and 50% in stainless steel for that thirst-quenching freshness, this is a no-expense-spared expression of Grenache Blanc and a phenomenal deal at just $19.
Lot 891 pours a beautiful pale to medium straw yellow color in the glass with a rich bouquet of freshly-picked peaches and comice pear, underpinned by lemon curd, and a kiss of baking spice. On the palate, that beautiful fruit core really sings adding additional stone fruit notes of warm apricot, all backed by that mouthwatering freshness and acidity. This wine will pair fantastically with any rich seafood dishes, poultry, and soft-ripened cheeses, or just sip a glass or two as you enjoy a warm summer’s eve on the patio.
Watch as Chris Lafleur, Sommeliers Creed for Cameron Hughes walks us through a tasting.
Grenache Blanc Tasting Video Highlights:
00:15 What is Grenche Blanc?
00:24 Grenache Blanc’s Mutation to White
00:44 Winter Whites
01:10 Oak Influence of Barrels
01:22 Stainless Steel Influence
01:30 Color and Legs of Lot 891
01:45 The Nose
02:09 The Taste
02:52 Where does Grenache Blanc fit in your cellar?