VARIETAL / VINEYARD: In 2004 we planted an experimental block of Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, and Vermentino. All three of these varieties are native to the Mediterranean areas of Europe, and as such, tend to retain natural acidity and mineral character in warmer climates. Grenache Blanc is one of the key components to Châteauneuf-du- Pape Blanc and the white wine from Spain’s Priorat and TerraAlta. We now have almost two acres of Grenache Blanc planted. Since Grenache Blanc is a genetic mutation of Grenache Noir, it tends to show more texture and body than most white wines.
VINTAGE: The 2020 vintage tested our vineyards and our winemaking skills in many ways. The growing season included a few heat spikes, especially during the harvest. Fortunately, Grenache Blanc is from parts of Spain where severe heat is the norm, and it seemed to take the heat in stride-producing excellent ripe fruit AND natural acidity (3.35 pH). Grenache Blanc just might be the choice for winemaker looking to plan for global warming.
WINEMAKING: We harvested Grenache Blanc on September 11 and 12 th . We usually harvest our Grenache Blanc at between 21.5 and 22.5 Brix level sugar. The grapes are de-stemmed, pressed, and sent to a tank where the juice is allowed to settle for 24 hours prior to fermentation. We ferment Grenache Blanc in stainless steel tanks at temperatures below 70 degrees to retain bright aromas. The wine is then aged in concrete tanks, which offer some of the oxidative benefits of oak without imparting wood flavor.
We prevented this wine from going through malolactic fermentation thereby preserving the bright natural acidity in this steely white.
STYLE / DESCRIPTION: Our 2020 GB is more prototypical of what you expect from the variety. Slightly golden color with a bit more texture and body. Fortunately, we always achieve solid acidity with Grenache Blanc in Dry Creek, and we never use oak, which helps to maintain our crisp style. This fuller-bodied style of GB will absolutely serve and the perfect alternative to Chardonnay.
100% Grenache Blanc
273 cases produced