Las Colinas del Ebro Garnacha Blanc 2011

The frozen barberry bushes were actually pretty cheery after the heavy fog.
The frozen barberry bushes were actually pretty cheery after the heavy fog.

A few out-of-town visitors and three exams made it a very busy week; I am truly ready for a weekend right now.  Kicking it off with another new Spanish grape: grenache blanc.

From the Terra Alta sub AVA of Catalunya region of Spain.
From the Terra Alta sub AVA of Catalunya region of Spain.

Most of my original reading about the grape alluded to it being a winter white, with some use of oak and spicy finishes.  We opened the bottle of Las Colinas del Ebro Garnache Blanc 2011 (13% ABV) to discover a tropical fruit salad on the nose and palate, finishing up with a crisp acidity and lingering mineral notes.  I looked a bit further into the wine to find it is stainless tank fermented, no oak at all.  Although my husband was not wowed by the wine, didn’t dislike it though, I was intrigued as I am quite fond of acidic whites.  I am already planning a dinner for tomorrow night to pair it with.

Have you had the wine?  The grape?  Apparently California is growing lots of it now too, might have to find a bottle to compare.  Please share your experiences.

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