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
On 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
Just 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.