2011 McPrice Myers "Terre Blanche" White Rhône Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 McPrice Myers Terre Blanche is an outstanding blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Viognier. It shows superb aromas of ripe pear, mineral, hazelnut and citrus rind to go with a medium-bodied, silky, yet energetic palate. While thereís lots of fruit here, the overall impression is of purity and class. Enjoy it over the coming 2-3 years. Drink now-2016. These 2010s and 2011s from McPrice are straight up fantastic. Very classy and pure, they all benefitted from substantial air time and deserve another year or two in the cellar. In addition to delivering rock-star quality, they also represent superb values. This is another Paso Robles producer who has consistently produced outstanding wines that remain more than reasonably priced given their quality. They merit serious attention!
The 2011 Terre Blanche, an 80% Roussanne and 20% Viognier blend, is laced with expressive floral and yellow stone fruits, all supported by a kick of acidity that gives the wine its vibrancy. There is good balance in the glass, even if the finish turns just a bit compact. Terre Blanche is sourced from Denner Vineyard in Paso Robles. I always look forward to tasting McPrice Myers's wines, as they are so full of character and personality. That is certainly the case with these 2011s and 2010s. As always, the wines are bold, rich and juicy. Readers will also want to take a look at the wines Myers makes under his Barrel 27 label, which are reviewed separately here. Those wines also deliver plenty of personality, but at lower price points.
Intense, offering broad pear and apple flavors accented by spice and mineral notes, ending with a ripe, juicy peach element. Roussanne and Viognier. Drink now. 347 cases made.
White Rhone blends have always been difficult for me to taste and buy. Next to the wines from Tablas Creek there have been few that really have stuck here at K&L over the years. The flavor set of these wines is just something, I believe, the "American" palate just doesn't understand yet. The wealth of herbal flavors of grapes like Marsanne and Roussanne just don't hit most of our plates in a pleasing way. Often Viognier is introduced to mask those herbal components with its rich tropicality only to muddy the waters and make everything turn out clumsy. But from time to time we find something that just strikes the impeccable balance between these two sides in just the right way. The 2011 McPrice Myers "Terre Blanche" is one of those rare wines. From all Denner Vineyard fruit this has layers of lemon zest and dried mustard flower with a richer hue of magnolia blossom on the nose. Texturally rich but not oaky in any way the flavors of persimmon, kumquat and nectarine are bolstered by a lovely chaparral quality that drives the finish. A unusually great wine with a simple roast chicken and red skinned potatoes. (Bryan Brick, K&L)