(Archive) GRENACHE BLANC 2015 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Tasting Notes: Brilliant light orange color. Lime, melon, orange zest, persimmon aromas. Crisp lime, lemon, green apple, kiwi. Refreshing citrus and mineral in the finish.
The Grape: Grenache grows here in Owl Hill Vineyard. The grape skin has a golden color. It performs excellently in my warm summers and rocky soil, Produces wines that are rich, but with crisp refreshing acidity.
Rare. Only 4 versus 15,129 acres Chardonnay in Sonoma County.
The Vineyard: Frick Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, is on the south-facing hillsides near the winery. This tiny vineyard’s ground is rock, gravel and clay from decomposed Dry Creek Conglomerate soil. In this soil the vines have very low vigor and they produce a limited crop with distinctive, full, rich and classic Grenache Blanc character.
The Wine: Rare orange version of 100% Grenache Blanc. Displays the bright orange pigment from this grape (has the appearance of an “orange” wine. Lively, crisp and refreshing character. 100%. Neutral barrel fermented and aged.
Drink now to 2021. Only 93 cases made.
Serve with: melon salad, steamed clams, crab, fried chicken, mac and cheese, three bean salad, hot dog, pork tenderloin, cheese platter, pumpkin soup, chicken curries, roast turkey, ham, BBQ, liver pate, squab, eggplant parmesan, poached salmon, savory spiced butternut squash, game birds, goat cheeses, chicken tikka masala, grilled gulf prawns, oysters