2012 Côtes de Paso Blanc. Yes.

Blanc - Halter Ranch Vineyard

 

As of May 1 we’ve begun pouring the 2012 Côtes de Paso Blanc in the tasting room.   Having spent a few days with it we can say without reservation: this is one of the most delicious white wines we’ve yet produced (those of you familiar with our white wine will note this is a somewhat more than merely bold statement).  At first scent it shows the delightful minerality we’ve come to expect from Côtes Blanc with touches of tart lemon, granny smith, and honeydew.  On the palate it is medium bodied with an absolutely inspiring acidic zest.  Grenache Blanc again dominates the blend at 58% with smaller quantities of Roussanne (18%), Picpoul Blanc (16%), and Viognier (8%).  In concert with its 2012 vintage cousins, CDPB shows remarkable brightness and lush fruit while remaining somewhat restrained with regard to alcohol (13.5%).  Flavors here run the gamut from briney mineral, forward toward spice, on to citrus, and beyond through ripe stone fruit as it opens.  CDPB will pair impressively with…well…itself…and nearly everything else 

When asked to provide descriptors for 12 Côtes Blanc, the tasting room staff is fairly blunt:  “Dangerous.” being the most popular term.

This is a wine we’d recommend purchasing by the case in order to insure ongoing summertime fun.  That said, you need not take us merely at our word.  It graces the tasting list 7 days a week, 11am to 5pm.  Get here quick though!  We suspect quantities will not last all that long…

 

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