2016 Ledge "G2 Vineyard" Willow Creek District Grenache Blanc

SKU #1336912

Winery Notes: "100% Grenache Blanc from the G2 Vineyard in the Paso Robles Willow Creek AVA. The G2 Vineyard is the sister vineyard to Bill Gibbs' Heart Stone Vineyard in the Paso Robles Willow Creek District with steep limestone vineyards and panoramic westside views. This beautifully refreshing Grenache Blanc was slowly whole cluster pressed into a stainless steel tank, cold fermented with native yeast and bottled after 6 months in the same stainless vessel. It shows subtle melon, mineral and citrus notes with great acidity and a vibrant, clean finish."

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2018 | Send Email
This Grenache Blanc is a great example of a white wine which not only has beautiful aromatics, but great complexity and depth on the palate. The heady, floral aromas of this lovely wine give way to soft orchard fruits such as pear and white peach on the palate. It's kept lively by a finish of crisp citrus-loaded acidity. The whole flows very seamlessly together, keeping a coherent line of elegance from start to finish.

Staff Image By: Amy Monroe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
Grenache Blanc is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of grape varieties. It is at once big, rich, and full-bodied but also bright and crisp with high acid. It's a grape that has the potential to make really exciting wines, but more often than not I am underwhelmed by Grenache Blanc. It usually tastes to me like winemakers push it to be just one thing (big) or the other (acidic), and the result is sadly devoid of personality. I'll be the first to admit that I expected a Grenache Blanc from Paso Robles to reaffirm my blasé impression of this grape, but luckily I was very wrong about that. Utilizing wild yeast fermentation, all stainless steel, and a minimalist approach to winemaking, Mark Adams of Ledge has embraced the antithetical nature of this variety, and the result is an impressive range of aromas and flavors including Meyer lemon, jasmine, fennel, saline, and white peach. At last a juicy, lush, zesty, and delicious example that has restored my faith in Grenache Blanc.

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.