2007 Santa Barbara County Blanc – 57% Grenache Blanc; 28% Roussanne; 15% Viognier
All three varietals used in this blend come from a steep section of the Tierra Alta Vineyard which is located in Ballard Canyon. The Viognier was picked about two weeks before the other varietals and aged on its own. The Grenache Blanc and Roussanne were aged together in neutral French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was stopped halfway through on all these wines to retain freshness. The Viognier was added to the blend just prior to bottling. Each varietal lends a unique character to this wine: the Grenache Blanc shines with crisp minerality; the Roussanne brings viscosity and tropical fruit while the Viognier lifts the nose and brings a distinctly floral character to the wine.
Cellar Club: $23.80
Cases Produced: 212