Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc 2019
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Layered aromas of crisp peach, nectarine, coconut and white flowers are leveled by notes of crushed chalk and lime pith on the nose of this bottling, which also includes 17% Picpoul Blanc and 5% Viognier. The palate is all about stony minerality at first before the riper stone-fruit and pear flavors arise, but that grippy texture lingers long.
Covering the Santa Lucia Range in the northwestern portion of the greater Paso Robles appellation, the Adelaida District AVA reaches from 900 feet to over 2,000 feet in elevation. The appellation does well with Rhone and Bordeaux varieties as well as Zinfandel.
Producing full-bodied white wines, Grenache Blanc can be unctuous and soft or floral and fresh. Some of the finest examples are terroir-driven, age-worthy wines. It is a key ingredient in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape and many white blends across southern France and NE Spain. Somm Secret—Grenache Blanc plays a key role in the vins doux naturels of Rivesaltes and a subsidiary role in those of Banyuls and Maury.