Grenache Blanc is most commonly found in Rhône blends. Here it appears as a single varietal wine. Alcohol seems a touch high for this varietal, at 13.5%, but it is not obtrusive. It has the varietally classic dill flavor over white grapefruit. The finish lasts quite a while, white grapefruit and lemon pith lingering. Drink with plank-grilled salmon.

WHO: Hahn Estates
WHAT: Grenache Blanc
WHERE: Santa Lucia Highlands, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: (Media sample)

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  1. Philip Woodrow of Hahn family Wines

    Morning Gents,

    There are a few cases still available at the tasting room. Somewhere. In fact there were only 62 cases produced.

    William, you are correct, it is a Saignée from Grenache Noir. A little experiment our mad scientist Winemaker was conducting. And a successful one we think. (Look out for a Saignée of Pinot Noir this year.)

    Oh and thanks for posting David!