Ridge Vineyards, Grenache Blanc
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Ridge Vineyards, Grenache Blanc - 2020

Item # 44894 750mL
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San Luis Obispo
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Tasting Notes

This blend of Rhône varieties Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, and Picpoul. It is fermented with native yeasts and malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine is aged in both used oak barrels, and a small portion of new oak is used as well. A medium-bodied dry white wine that has both racing acidity, and a lush mouthfeel. Pair with scallops in butter and sumac sauce.

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Staff Pick Notes

First impression: lilies, lemons, chalk, firm white peaches, lots of texture, and the distinctive yet restrained use of oak that’s a classic hallmark of Ridge wines. Second glance: Grenache Blanc is supported by Picpoul and Roussane—all warm-climate varieties commonly grown in southern France. No wonder this trio of grapes is right at home in Paso Robles, where the Adelaida vineyard is located. Picpoul means “lip stinger” and offers up freshness and acidity to support the chub of the Grenache Blanc. Roussane adds to the buzz with beeswax-ey texture and its ability to be manipulated into numerous complex styles. This is a truly distinctive choice from a well established California winery. Not to be missed.


About the Producer

Cupertino, California, USA The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique...

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Astor's Glossary of Terms


The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both...

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California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

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