2009 Jaffurs "Thompson Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Grenache Blanc

SKU #1111844 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Grenache Blanc Thompson Vineyard is a gorgeous, refined white graced with exquisite pears, green apples and melon. It shows striking balance and poise through to the inviting, polished finish. The wine was partially fermented in oak (40%), aged in neutral barrels, with 50% malolactic fermentation. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015. This is a very strong showing from Rhone specialist Craig Jaffurs.  (8/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Very rich, creamy and delicious. Feels full-bodied and oaky in the mouth, although there’s no new wood, showing vanilla, buttered toast and honey flavors adding to the peaches, pears, mangoes, tangerines, limes and spices. An exotic alternative to Chardonnay.  (2/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Pear, honey and white flowers on the nose. Fleshy and broad on the palate, with supple pear fruit lifted by bitter citrus pith hints and a floral element. Just a touch warm on the dry finish, which repeats the pear and floral notes. This will work well with rich seafood dishes.  (12/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Roasted pineapple and peach flavors are rich and harmonious, as an almond note marks the finish. This features a firm, slightly coarse texture. Juicy finish. Drink now. 300 cases made.  (6/2011)

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2012 | Send Email
There's a lot of great things happening with Rhone varietals in California right now, reds and whites, and this Grenache Blanc is no exception. The nose is at first hard to describe, offering a combination of kaffir lime with a mineral component that to me is suggestive of the "petrol" note commonly associated with Riesling. Cool. The palate offers delicate pear and citrus flavors, with nutty lees, hints of grapefruit peel, and subtle earthy spice. You can't argue with this wine's rich and silky, very white Rhone-like texture, which coats the mouth and makes for a lingering and lasting finish. A Caesar salad could make a great pairing, as well as a variety of creamy seafood and/or pasta dishes.

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4