2014 Rockwood Blanc
This unfiltered Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Picpoul blend spends lengthy time on the grape skins, similar to red wine. This contributes to texture, concentration, and savoriness. It is considered an “Orange Wine,” named for the golden color this ancient winemaking process creates.
On the nose, freshly squeezed Meyer lemon, apricot, barely ripe mango, and sweet pineapple lead the fruit parade. Night-blooming jasmine opens up into sun-warmed hay. A warm clay earthiness is tempered by a hint of fresh ginger root and just picked thyme. As the wine warms in the glass, orange blossoms, honey, and vanilla suggest a richly textured wine, but the lemon and tart mango return with each sip, refreshing the palate. The Roussanne shines through on the long finish with Golden Delicious apple, beeswax and just a kiss of clove. This is an incredibly complex wine that will benefit from decanting and warming to room temperature over dinner. Pan-seared scallops with sunchokes and celery root puree would be a marvelous companion, as would any creamy summer corn dish.