Parmalee-Hill 2012 and 2014 “Darcy”

Sonoma Valley AVA, CA; 14.4% ABV

2102 Vintage: Grenache Blanc 40%, Viognier 28%, Roussanne 16%, Marsanne 16%
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store around 29 February

ParmaleeHill_2012_DarcyOn the day I opened these wines, neither one showed very well.  They were nicely structured, but not showing much fruit.

On the second day, the 2012 had a full, fruity and floral nose, tasting of honey, white melon / pear, green melon, jasmine, with at times what struck me as a slight fishiness (???, not really in a bad way, though).  The body is fairly full and textured.  I’m sorry notes are not very good, but I think this is very good wine for the price.  My only possible criticism is that folks who like more acid may be disappointed here.

2014 Vintage: Grenache Blanc 40%, Roussanne 22%, Marssanne 22%, Viognier 16%
$8 at the Oakland, CA, store on 8 March

ParmaleeHill_2014_DarcyJust skipping to the second day: This wine was less aromatic, lighter-bodied, and more acid than the 2012.  It had a nose of yellow peach, jasmine, yellow lemon and a little green lime.   There was more of that on the palate, plus some white / green / yellow melon, grape skin bitterness, and a little viscosity.  Overall, this wine is lighter and seems less substantial, and more acid than the 2012, which I preferred.  However, they are both nice and sophisticated wines for the price.

What I liked best was a blend of about 2/3 of the 2012, for its fuller body and flavor, and 1/3 of the 2014 for its yellower fruit and greater acid.  This blend was still quite tasty on the third day.  🙂

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