Grenache Blanc (aka Garnacha Blanca) is a full-bodied white wine that originated in northern Spain. Grenache Blanc wines continue to grow in popularity where it’s loved for its intense flavors, higher alcohol content, and plush style (when aged in oak) similar to Chardonnay.
“Green richness” is the theme that carries through all Grenache Blanc wines. The aromas will burst with green fruit and citrus notes including Asian pear, green apple, unripe mango, lime zest, and white peach. Other flavors include subtle sweet floral notes of honeysuckle and fenugreek (or almost cumin seed) along with baked apple, brioche and lemon curd if the wine was aged in oak. On the palate it will be plump and rich with juicy pear flavors that lead into lean herbal notes of green almond or dried green herbs and salty minerals. Alcohol levels will range in the 13–15% range, giving the wine a spice-driven finish.
Aging: 1–5 years. Grenache Blanc is sensitive to oxidation so be sure to store it in a cool, dark place. When blended with other varieties, Grenache Blanc wines have the potential to age longer.