White Wine of the Week
A pick from the Wine Wench:
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards Grenache Blanc, $18
Grenache Blanc originated in Spain as a mutation of Grenache (a red grape). Though it is often blended with other white varieties, it also makes a very interesting wine on its own. While it is now the fourth or fifth most planted white variety in France, Grenache Blanc is still relatively unknown in California. The California climate of hot days and cool nights seems to be perfect for the varietal and encourages its two prime qualities: richness with crisp acids.
The Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard 2012 Grenache Blanc is unoaked, dry, crisp and aromatic. The wine has a lovely floral perfume with hints of pear and vanilla. It is round and supple, with lovely vanilla-tinged fruit and has a nice underlying crispness. One can find flavors of peach, mandarin orange and tropical fruits wrapped around a honeyed richness that fills the mouth. Enjoy with a wide range of food or alone as an aperitif.
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard’s Grenache Blanc can be tasted at their tasting room in Santa Cruz at 334–A Ingalls Street, open Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5:30. Or call the tasting room at (831) 426-6209. Or visit www.santacruzmountainvineyard.com.
Cynthia Bournellis, aka “Wine Wench,” grew up in the Valley of Hearts Delight and recalls the days of fertile soils that gave birth to some of the world’s best produce, not to mention some of California’s oldest grape vines. Living at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Cynthia works in the tasting room of one of the oldest and most well-established wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. When she’s not pouring wine, Cynthia is either on the wine trail, engaging with winemakers; harvesting vineyards; sorting grapes or bottling wine. She enjoys sharing her wine-infused experiences on her blog, From Behind the Tasting Bar.