Grenache Blanc

Name of varietal: Grenache Blanc

Common synonyms: Garnacha Blanco, Garnaxta Blanco, Silla Blanc, Belan, Feher Grenache

Parentage of the grape: Grenache Noir

History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Grenache or Garnacha. It is native to northeast Spain and came to France via the Pyrenees, where it has flourished in the Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is most often used as a major player in aromatic white blends, where it lends a crisp acidity and slightly floral component to balance out the flavor profiles.

Characteristics of the grape: medium to full-bodied, green apple, honeydew melon, white peaches, lemon, dill, white flowers, oxidizes easily.

Regions where the grape is currently important: Spain: Priorat, Navarra, Aragon, Calatayud, Alella; France: Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Australia, California.

Type or types of wines the grape produces: dry white, usually in blends

– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Domaine Lafage 'Centenaire' Blanc 2014


    The 2014 edition of Centenaire Blanc from Domaine Lafage of Roussillon opens with a nice tisane (camomile) and gooseberry nose, but falters somewhat on entry with less balancing sweetness in the core than in the previous vintage; there are more medicinal notes (astringency) coupled with unripe gooseberry. It seems a wee bit thin and needs a doll... Read More

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  • DM, great stuff there, wish I had more of a mind for history but alas, my left ... blend from Priorat of 91% Grenache Blanc and 9% Pedro Ximenez. Juicy and complex with white peach, honeysuckle, apricot, a touch of vanilla, nice minerality, decent acidity and a very nice finish. Excellent QPR at around $15.&nbs Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015


    A bit floral but light on the nose overall. Light pear and some pineapple on the palate with puckery acidity and a long slighlty bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Cotes du Rhone Villages Reserve Perrin Blanc 2015


    Apples on the nose with fruit on entry with lots of acid and a slightly bitter finish. Read More

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  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For some that means switching over to chilled cocktails or beer. What it should really mean for wine drinkers is carefully selecting wines that are well made, delicious, value driven and refreshing. The last thing anyone wants to sip in hot weather is a big, bloated and p... Read More

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  • Parmelee-Hill Darcy 2014


    Very floral nosehoneysuckle, orange blossompresumably, from the viognier. Stone fruit, green apple on the tongue. Somewhat viscous mouthfeel. Some vanilla and, now, some melon. Oak treatment? Thankfully, acid suppresses the fruitiness. Almost a refreshing wine. Just a tad too "rich." Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I've been very pleased with just about everything I've had that ... ... for around $12. A blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, there's some nice acidity but also that kind of almond flavor going along with a bit of lemon pith and some kind of floral note as well. Gonna stock up on this on Read More

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  • La Vieille Ferme Luberon Blanc 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Rckr, this white was dry but not overly dry. We just finished the bottle after ... ... floral, more like a nice grenache blanc but with a bit more fruit.  There was also some nice salinity and a decent amount of acid, would definitely revisit this one again.JD, haven't had the Massolini before I'm counting on the wine shop owner giving me good... Read More

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