2016 Grenache Blanc

2016 Grenache Blanc
2016 Grenache Blanc
The 2016 growing season was exemplary for this white southern Rhone grape. The vines produced generous amounts of full clusters, which were thinned to heighten the quality and focus the intensity of these grapes. The resulting wine dances with bright acidity, white pepper, and enticing tropical fruit flavors. A favorite of the staff and the wine club last year, we expect this wine will again be sought after. A perfect complement to the other Rhone varietals we grow, this wine also stands alone as a strong single varietal, giving a unique option to the popular Viognier. Exciting and adventurous pairings include spaghetti with oysters, butternut squash soup, or rabbit in a mustard sauce.
 
Bright acidity, white pepper, and enticing tropical fruit flavors.
 
Silver Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Tasting notes
Aroma of lemon cream and green apple, with stone fruit, honeydew and hints of citrus on the palate. Pairs well with herb crusted pork loin, herb roasted chicken, Waldorf salad, brie and Swiss cheeses.
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Vintage2016
VarietalGrenache Blanc
Varietal Composition100% Grenache Blanc
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardPomar Junction Vineyard
DesignationPomar Junction Vineyard
Acid6.9 g/L
PH3.16
Aging4 Months Neutral Oak
Residual Sugar0.18%
Alcohol13.29%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date02/01/2017
Cases Produced291
Made entirely from hand-picked, estate-grown grapes from the hillsides of our Pomar Junction Vineyard with limestone shale rock soils. The cooling Templeton Gap breezes moderate summer temperatures and combine with our Linne Calado soils for ideal high-quality wine grape growing conditions.
Jim Shumate, Winemaker
 
A native of Southern California, Jim's first wine job was working in the barrel room at Meridian Vineyards, where his budding career was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker Chuck Ortman. After several vintages with Meridian as Senior Lab Technician and Senior Barrel Technician, Jim moved on to become Cellar Master and Consulting Winemaker at Templeton Wine Services (where he first met Pomar Junction CEO, Dana Merrill). From 1999 to 2008, this full-service processing facility afforded Jim the opportunity to work with a wide range of varietals, styles and volumes – from small, high-end lots to several-thousand-case productions.
 
While making wine for Templeton Wine Services, Jim was also busy working toward a degree in Enology at Cal Poly University. His involvement at Cal Poly eventually led to an invitation to develop and manage the Cal Poly pilot winery which opened in 2008. As Cellar Master, Winemaker, and Lecturer for the new campus winery, Jim instructed students on procedural operations of all winery equipment, demonstration of lab analysis and interpretation of results. Additionally, Jim co-taught advanced enology classes, operated and repaired all winemaking equipment, and established a new bottling line for the campus winery. After several vintages of hands-on teaching from fruit to bottling, Jim took the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July 2011.
 
He lives in Paso Robles with his wife and children.
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