30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Ugni Blanc, 30% Bourboulenc, 10% Vermentino; 13.5% ABV
screw cap; Across the top, label says “Rhone Valley Vineyards”
Appelation Luberon Contrôlée, France
$4 at the Oakland, CA, store on 16 March
I hardly ever see a white Rhone wine at the GO, so I eagerly grabbed this one. I like the wine and think it’s a reasonable value.
I opened this to use in a soup, and had a little to try out. It struck me as kind of austere and minerally, with the fruit less prominent.
The next day, I liked it better. The fruit seemed a little more forward: yellow melon still on the less ripe side, with a little green, and some citrus (mostly lemon, a little lime), the acid still pleasantly crisp and the minerality still providing structure. It’s not very Californian, but I think fans of this style will be quite pleased. It went nicely with dover sole cooked with preserved yellow limes and green olives.