Wines that Rock: Grenache Blanc
Rich, full, herbs, flowers, and honey. A tantric field in a bottle of white wine
Full bodied, rich, spicy. If I started with that you'd think I was describing a red wine. Alas not today. My obsession with Grenache took a turn recently when I decided to pick up a bottle of Grenache Blanc off the shelf. The thought process was something along the lines of "I like Grenache, but I want a white wine so Grenache Blanc should make sense right?" I had no idea what to expect and still I managed to get floored by a fantastically delicious white wine. Grenache is not just for red heads, Grenache Blanc will rock your socks off!
So what is Grenache Blanc? Should it be considered a Grenache lovers ideal white wine or is it something admire completely on its own? As a single varietal wine it is immensely popular in Spain, especially in the Catalonian region where you will see it written as Garnatxa Blanca. You have to love how the Catalans write and spell names, its mesmerizing and adds a little extra romance to it. That romance really bleeds into the wine where you get bright wines full of fruits and minerals. The Spanish make this a treasure of a white wine that rewards the explorer with a loving experience.
Grenache Blanc has not only found love in Spain though. Here in the United States people who know it are often lusting over a good bottle of Grenache Blanc. The Grenache Blanc wines you find in America are so much more spiritual, entrenching you deep through the herbaceous aromas into an almost tantric state of desire. These wines are mesmerizing from the offset as you inhale deep to take everything before rewarding you with an intense mouthful of flavor. The full, creamy, silky texture of these wines is like wrapping yourself up with your lover and arriving at the height of passion. There is an intensity in Grenache Blanc that you will get in few other white wines that remains focused and sharp.
So why does Grenache Blanc rock so much? Grenache Blanc brings together a many experiences that you can find in other white wines all together in one neat package. Drinking a bottle of Grenache Blanc puts you in the presence of something you have wanted all along, dreamed of, and longed for, yet at the same time it feels familiar as it has always been a part of you. Even with wine there are few experiences that come close to matching a good bottle of Grenache Blanc, but when you find that good bottle it will feel as if you have found the one.
What we were drinking
Halter Ranch 2016 Grenache Blanc - Pear, melon, honey, and flowers. Amongst friends this wine took on a sense of finding a spacious open field full of white and purple flowers where we could sit, relax, and enjoy the sun with a good light picnic. Romantic if you want it to be, friendly if you prefer it.