So Close, Yet So Far Away

We are at 83 grapes now in our Century Club quest. I believe this was grape number 82, and we just had grape number 83 this weekend, so look for a post on it soon.  I still have 4 more grapes in the basement to try, so that will put us at 87…I think those last 13 will be tough to ferret out.  I’m contemplating ordering a mixed case of obscure grapes that I haven’t tried yet, as I seem to have exhausted the collections of my favorite online and brick and mortar stores at this point.  Anyway, I chose the 2007 Curran Grenache Blanc for the evening.  I purchased this wine quite a while ago from Domaine547 when I first got on the kick to start finishing up our Century Club application.  I believe I paid $22 for it, it had a real cork closure, and clocked in at 14.1% alcohol by volume.

On those I found aromas of creamy orange rind, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, pears, and apples.  Having never had a Grenache Blanc before, I likened the nose to Pinot Blanc.  I really enjoyed smelling this wine (and drinking it….!).  In the mouth I got lots of pear, citrus, orange zest, lemon, grapefruit, and green apple.

Both Matt and I really liked this wine.  It’s crisp and refreshing with a great round mouthfeel.  The wine had great structure and acidity, I think it would make an excellent substitute for any dish you’d drink a Pinot Blanc with…personally, I like mine with crab cakes.  This is definitely a wine I’d re-buy.

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6 Responses

  1. I’m a big fan of this wine! I’ve purchased a few bottles myself. Also a big fan of the varietal – I’m pretty excited that we’ve got some to use in the 2008 Ruben’s Blend. Good luck with your last 13!

  2. What I like is the Ventisquero Root 1 in the background.

    🙂

  3. Lovely blog! 🙂

    After I ran-out of new areas to-tour in California, I switched my focus to trying off-beat varietals, as you are…WHAT AN ADVENTURE! 🙂

    I found some REALLY nice ones, along the way, including Refosco and Charbono, and I hope that you have the same luck with you next 17! 🙂

  4. I also love this wine, and got mine too from Domaine547. I am a big fan of all the Curran Wines.

  5. Can’t wait to taste it Jefe!

    Hehe Rob!

    Thanks Chad! It’s lots of fun!

    Richard-I have a Syrah from them too, from my last D547 shipment!

  6. I LOVE CURRAN!! She’s one of the best winemakers in my lovely Santa Barbara area. She’s now at Foley – making magical wine there too. Heaven!!

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