2009 Highflyer "Somerston Vineyards" Napa Valley Grenache Blanc (Previously $16.99)

SKU #1070656

It always surprises us that more wineries don't grow Grenach Blanc, a common white varieital in the Southern Rhone, because it makes such bright, interesting wines. Highflyer's Grenache Blanc comes formt he Somerston Vineyard in the eastern hills of Napa Valley. More specifically, it's made from a smalll, high elevation block planted to the rocky soils on the western edge of the estate. It's an approachable, easy-drinking expression of the grape, with good acidity, but not so racy as to be intimidating to fans of rounder, richer styles. Pineapple and citrus curd on the palate.

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 By: Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog |  Review Date: 10/24/2011  | Public Pending Approval
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A poor display of Grenache Blanc in my opinion, a varietal I buy, drink, explore often. This is a varietal known for brightness and acidity, and instead this is flabby. slightly sweet. If you are a grenache blanc fan this will disappoint and if you are new to this varietal, don't judge this as a standard GB. Degrades 2nd day. Pair with spicy food.

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Varietal:

Viognier

- Relatively challenging to cultivate, this white grape's plantings were long limited to two appellations in the Northern Rhône - Condrieu, the better known of the two, and Château-Grillet - but its recent gains in popularity inspired plantings in the Languedoc-Roussillon, across California, as well as in parts of Australia, Italy, Spain and South America. Intensely aromatic and full-bodied, Viognier is prized for its aromas and flavors of stone fruits, d'Anjou pears and white flowers. In fact, its heady perfume wins it the honor of being a rare white varietal used in one of the world's top reds - Côte-Rôtie - where it is often planted amid the Syrah and co-fermented with that grape. The combination deepens the color of Côte-Rôtie and adds to its already deep and distinctive nose.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5