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Staff Favorites - Amy Monroe

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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 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-30-2014
Winemaker Greg Brewer consistently coaxes lovely aromatics from his wines; it's one of the reasons I like them so much. Right out of the gate scents of rose petals, lavender, and sweet earth beckon. On the palate this wine is beautifully plush with notes of black cherry, cinnamon, and just a touch of smoke. If you've never tried Melville Pinot Noir, you should. If you're already a fan, don't miss this one!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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