Syncline 2011 Grenache Blanc

Boushey Vineyard 2011 Grenache Blanc from Syncline Wine Cellars
Boushey Vineyard 2011 Grenache Blanc from Syncline Wine Cellars

Last week we had a Spanish Grenache Blanc that I wrote about.  Curiosity made us look for a U.S.  version of this grape.  Who knew that it was right down the road?  From the Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA (silty loam over basalts) we brought home a bottle of Syncline’s 2011 Grenache Blanc to try.

On the nose this pale yellow wine is a mix of shale, green apple and tropical fruit on the nose.  I have tasted my share of rocks during my geology days, and this wine brings them back enforce; far more than the minerality of the Spanish version.  Nice acid and pleasantly tart with granny smith apple, apricot and slate on the palate with a rich, smooth mouth feel.  Our Spanish version was stainless fermented, this one was concrete egg fermented which provided the exaggerated earthy, mineral notes.

It is a nice wine, probably closer to the original ‘winter white’ that I anticipated in the last bottle, but still different.  Hubby finds this one more appealing than the last one and I am very willing to revisit this wine again.  As an aside, a ‘syncline’ is a downward fold, a valley if you will, in geologic terms.

Last weekend's remaining snow pack, we are still cold at night.
Last weekend’s remaining snow pack, we are still cold at night.

It is week seven of ten during winter quarter.  I have partially completed my 30 practicum hours in the vineyard and studied for several rounds of midterms.  Juggling 24 credits isn’t as easy as it was when I was going to school the first time; going to have to keep to the more acceptable 15-18 credits going forward; especially if I want to write my blog.

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