2012 Baker & Brain "Paragon Vineyard" Edna Valley Grenache Blanc
Fruity flavors of oranges, nectarines and peaches star in this bright, crisply acidic wine. The winery doesn’t say if there was any oak used, but if so, it was minimal. Lees stirring gives it a creamy, yeasty complexity. Try this interesting wine as an alternative to Chardonnay.
To answer Wine Enthusiast critic Steve Heimoff's question (see above), the 2012 was whole-cluster pressed into French Oak barrels for fermentation, and then stirred on the lees for two months to enhance the mouthfeel of this Grenache Blanc. This small label, producing 1,200 cases in 2012, comes to us from a pair of young biology grads who are pursuing the varietal-less-trodden path--they also produce a Grüner Veltiner--and as such, are part of a growing trend of California winemakers who are expanding palates, and expanding minds.