2018 Grenache Blanc, El Dorado

2018 Grenache Blanc, El Dorado
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Grenache Blanc
Appellation
El Dorado
Composition
100% Grenache Blanc
Aging
3 Months Sur Lees 80% Stainless Steel | 20% Ntrl. French Oak
Fermentation
Native Yeast
Alcohol %
12.8
Wine Enthusiast
90
Wine & Spirits
90
Holiday Wine Club Release
In Stock
Add To Cart
$24.00
 
SKU: 18GRBED

Grenache Blanc, while not considered “obscure”, is still not widely understood by consumers.  Hailing first from Northeast Spain as a mutation of the red Grenache Noir grape, and eventually migrating to various regions in the Rhone Valley—especially in the South—it is often shrugged off as a blender, or at its best, the Rhone’s answer to Pinot Gris.  Of course, this is not the case when it comes to our approach to Grenache Blanc at Skinner; this varietal, with all its complexities, takes no back seat to Viognier or Marsanne/Roussane blends.  Our goal is to celebrate Grenache Blanc by crafting a wine with a foot in the past and a foot in the present; the marriage of rustic minerality and bizarre floral-salinity, with deep texture and nervy poise. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Grenache Blanc
Appellation
El Dorado
Composition
100% Grenache Blanc
Aging
3 Months Sur Lees 80% Stainless Steel | 20% Ntrl. French Oak
Fermentation
Native Yeast
Alcohol %
12.8
Wine Enthusiast
90
Wine & Spirits
90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The aromatics on the 2018 Grenache Blanc are seemingly boundless, as the nose runs the spectrum of nuances. The first impression is crushed rock and white flowers, giving way to underpinnings of honeysuckle, stone fruit and sandalwood. This wine’s clean, platinum hue and lithe aromatics only begin to tell the story of its deep, complex palate presence. Opening with zippy, perfumed summer fruit—a continuation of the stone fruit suggested in the bouquet—the midpalate is pleasingly covered with sensual weight and phenolic tension, a tight balance of fruit and earth. The finish is long and elevated, leaving a lingering impression of a Grenache Blanc that is poised, vivacious and lightheartedly seductive.
Winemaker's Notes
The 2018 Grenache Blanc was made with great intention. The vineyards blocks were meticulously farmed with organic preparations, the goal being to produce a standalone Grenache Blanc that would be both approachable and age-able. The grapes were cold pressed as individual lots. The juice saw no sulfur, as we allowed for a “brown-out” process to take place. The oxidation of the juice over the course of several days and subsequent racking off of gross lees offers an opportunity for any harsh, bitter phenolics to drop out, yielding softer, clarified juice for a gentle but highly reductive native fermentation. Fermentation took place largely in stainless steel with a small contribution from neutral and slightly seasoned French oak. Malolactic conversion was arrested early on in order to retain natural acidity, and bottled soon after to capture freshness.
Ratings & Awards
Best In Class | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Estate Vineyards
55% Stoney Creek Ranch
Local Vineyards
45% Swansboro
Production
345 Cases