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.
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.