2014 Halter Ranch Adelaida District Grenache Blanc

SKU #1258553 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale straw. High-pitched green apple, lemon zest and honeysuckle scents, with a mineral element emerging slowly. Dry and nervy on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and quince flavors and a hint of tarragon. Pretty racy for this variety, especially for a New World version. Closes floral and long, with repeating minerality and bright, nervy cut. (JR)  (9/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Grown on a north-facing slope of limestone-rich soil and raised in used barrels, this is almost waxy at first, yet a generous addition of tangy picpoul blanc (19 percent of the blend) pulls it into a crisp, clean line of flavor. Its snappy finish brings to mind Granny Smith apples, along with something more floral, like lilies. For roast fish.  (6/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 Coming from one of the region’s more picturesque vineyards, this bottling, which is enhanced with 19% Picpoul Blanc, 2% Roussanne and 2% Viognier, leans a tad tropical on the nose, with orange peel cutting into banana, apple custard and tuberose. There’s sizzling acidity throughout the palate, with flavors of lemon curd, apple peel and grapefruit pith. (MK)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

The Adelaida District is one of the new sub-AVAs of Paso Robles, established in 2014.

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