Lot 117 Santa Barbara County Grenache Blanc/Viognier 2007
Notes: Floral aromas from the Grenache Blanc and honeysuckle and jasmine from the Viognier burst out of the glass. On the palate you are greeted with melon, orange fruit and a succulent sweetness that drench’s the acid note in the wine. Make no mistake, this is a dry wine but with a honeyed beam of acidity; yin and yang in a glass. Perfect for a warm spring or hot summer day, it has a clean, refreshing finish that is ideal for sipping by the pool. Cameron Confidential: This wine comes to us from one of my favorite producers down on the central coast. In fact, I used to visit their tasting room often and actually attended classes in their tasting room quite often when I was a cellar rat down at Corbett Canyon many moons ago. Anyhow, both this wine and the Lot 118 viognier are made from estate fruit grown in the highlands around Santa Barbara at elevations from 2800 to 3600 feet. A slightly different blend of this wine sells for $30 a bottle.
An oily wine with flavors of bay leaf and peaches. Nice acidity and a gentle minerality work well with this fruity wine (stone fruits). Very nice mouthfeel and a little spice from the oak on the finish. A good food wine and very well priced
Grenche Blanc and Viognier is one of my favorite white wine blends. It certainly rounds out both varietals to make a refreshing yet complex wine. And, Santa Barbara County produces excellent white wines. Peach, dried peach, apricot, dried apricot, honeysuckle, orange blossom, spiced orange, vanilla, oak , honey, mineral are all found in this delicate blend.
Another great buy from Cameron Hughes. I just picked this up for under $10, and what a steal. The nose is bright with stone fruit and a hint of parsley. The acid is a wonderful balance and the mouth feel is super smooth. The finish is good with apricots and peaches becoming clear on the palate, lingering longer than expected. This is a very lean balanced and simple wine that is screaming to be paired with fresh fruit salsa, fish tacos and a host of other summer fair.
Three and a half glasses