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.
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.
Ratings & Awards
Best In Class | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
55% Stoney Creek Ranch