A new wine in this range, the 2018 Grenache Blanc is bright and focused, with lovely orchard fruit and floral character. Made like a Chardonnay, with full malolactic fermentation and aging in barrel (mostly American oak), the Grenache Blanc has quite a bit more body and richness than most Central Coast white Rhône blends, while retaining terrific energy. Ridge sources this fruit from the Adelaida estate in Paso Robles. (AG) (10/2019)
This is our first grenache blanc bottling. Our well-established white winemaking methods were used. To maintain greater fruit definition and freshness a portion of this wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The balance was fermented in barrel with twelve percent of the final wine in new oak, adding a touch of spice and richness. This wine will be most enjoyable over the next five to six years.
Pale gold color. Aromas of citrus and green plum, white flowers, complex minerals, and exotic oak spices. Lemon, pear, and tart pineapple fruits on entry, refreshing acidity, and a medium body; Long, citrus zest aftertaste. EB (6/19)