Wine Virgin – Highflyer Grenache Blanc

This wine was a media sample from Somerston Wine Company

I love trying new things .  Your first only happens one time, whether it’s your first love, the first time to visit somewhere new or the first time to taste a new wine .  That’s what this was for me – a first.  I had never even heard of Grenache Blanc!  (Admittedly, I’ve lived a sheltered life!!!)

This Highflyer 2010 Grenache Blanc has refreshing Granny Smith Apple and spice on the front of the palate but finishes nicely with notes of caramel and Crème Brûlée.   With a limited production in 2010 of only 28 barrels, this wine was aged 90% in stainless and 10% in used French oak for six months.

Highflyer is part of the Somerston Wine Company where three distinct wine brands are produced under the watchful eye of winemaker, Craig Becker.  With a limited distribution of this Grenache Blanc, you will be lucky to find it in your local wine store so I would recommend hitting the website.

Variety:   Grenache Blanc          Alcohol: 14.5%          Price:  $20.00

Side Note:  Grenache Blanc is a white grape related to the red Grenache grape.  It got its start in Spain and plays a role in wine production in both Rioja and Navarre.  Cuttings from Grenache Blanc were taken from Spain to France where it is the fourth most widely planted white grape in France and is considered one of the Rhone Rangers.  Grenache Blanc made its way to California in 1992 when Tablas Creek imported several Rhone grapevine cuttings.  It is typically used to blend with other white grapes to balance out the wines


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