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2016 Ledge "G2 Vineyard" Willow Creek District Grenache Blanc
Review Date: 01-10-2018
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.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

2012 Textbook "Mise en Place" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-11-2015
An excellent offering from Oakville's rocky soils. I have a feeling Textbook's "Mise en Place" will win a special place in the hearts of many a Cabernet lover because it hits all the right note - powerful and rich with enticing fruit and complexity. You just don't get all these qualities in every Cabernet. There's lots of blackberry fruit here, a broad textured mouthfeel, finely wrapped tannins and just a whiff of a roasted note on the finish. A word of advice, when you buy this, consider buying two. This wine has the stuffing to go the distance in the cellar, and years hence you'll be wishing you had another one.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
RP 95 CG 91