This Grenache Blanc is bursting with aromas of white flowers, Meyer lemon, and juicy white peach. A bright and refreshing white wine, with complex layers of sea mist and minerality.
Pairs well with oysters or crudo/ceviche course, arugula & peach salad, scallops or poached fish with Beurre Blanc sauce.
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
At Clay Station Vineyard in North East Lodi California, soils have a deep amber hue, indicating the mineral content is high. Sustainably farmed by Markus Bokisch, the vine canopy provides a perfect shaded region for ripening clusters and retaining acidity.
Winery: Onesta Wines
Owner: Jillian Johnson
Location: Lodi, California
Jillian found her passion for wine while studying neurobiology at UC Davis. Home brewing introduced her to the magic of fermentation, and after taking the “Introductory to Winemaking” class at UC Davis, she quickly switched her major to Viticulture and Enology. She graduated with her degree in 2001 and soon thereafter found herself as an intern at the famous Bonny Doon Winery.
Her desire to learn more about winemaking has taken her around the globe. To gain essential winemaking experience in a short time, Jillian traveled to the southern hemisphere to work an additional harvest each year. For three years she traveled south to learn how to work with different varieties and observe different winemaking styles. She did internships in McLaren Vale (South Australia), Margaret River (Western Australia), and Stellenbosch (South Africa).
Syrah quickly became her deepest passion and she returned to Bonny Doon as Associate Winemaker in 2005, focusing her talents on the Rhone varieties that the Dooner is known for. She played a major role in the transition to biodynamic winemaking at Bonny Doon. Now a truly seasoned winemaker, Jillian has started her own passion project, Onesta. Her artistic expression is manifested in her wines. Jillian’s wines speak the truth of each growing season and each vintage is a new adventure for her, riding the waves of Mother Nature. Her promise to herself and her customers is to deliver wines with personality and depth every year. Jillian’s wines are made with passion and love, just like she lives her life. Her hope is that every sip of Onesta will ignite the soul with passion and enthusiasm for living life to the fullest.
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Hi all, I was the lab rat for today’s offering and am excited to share. First, I am new to wine , so the vocabulary may not be nice. That said, I drink a lot of scotch, so, not sure what that adds or takes away, but probably should be mentioned. Anyway, on to the wine.
TL/DR - It is sour and sweet, but not sugar sweet with a refreshing fruit finish. Best at 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit and is an easy drinker that would be amazing on a hot day. Worth it at 10-15 a bottle.
I had it fully chilled in the fridge, so started on it while very cold. There is a bit of grain on the nose. We likened it to new make whiskey. However, after 30 mins open/after it warmed up a bit, less of the grain was present and there was more green/vegetal and citrus notes. There was no alcohol on the nose and very little in the taste.
Similarly, it is sour and when it is fridge cold, it is really sour, but it isn’t quite a pucker sour, just very strong. That is tempered by the sweetness of the wine and as it warms, more of the sweetness comes through. Note that the sweetness is not sugar sweet (I am pretty sensitive to sweet and this was not off putting to me, it was more like the sweet of an unripe peach). There is a fair bit of minerality throughout.
The finish is where the wine stood out, as that is where peach and nectarine flavors come through and linger. Again, they are sweet, but not strong. I would compare it to unripe fruit or licking a nectarine pit; there is a green vegetal component and the minerality stays as a base flavor throughout.
Next up, we started seeing what it plays nicely with. I haven’t had a Grenache Blanc before, so we winged it. I thought a nice lowland scotch might pair with it, so we got out the Littlemill 8. I will need to do further testing, but I suspect that scotch does not pair well with wine. The flavors of the wine were washed out, even with the relatively light littlemill. So, we moved on to nonalcoholic items (by this point that was a good idea). First thought was to try something sour to see what other flavors we might pull without the sour flavors hiding the front. Again, we hit a dud, as the balsamic was also a little too overpowering, though as a happy accident, almond flavors combined with this wine bring out vanilla flavors.
We moved on to food (which might be where we should have started). First thought was that the sourness might go well with a light and creamy cheese. That was confirmed and far and away the best pairing was with sheep cheese, which might not be super useful to know, but really did elevate the wine to an extraordinary degree. The other cheeses we tried with it were nice and the wine held its own and cut some of the richness. We also tried a caprese salad and that went with the wine, too.
Just to be thorough, I saved back half a glass, corked it and let it sit outside the fridge until the next evening to see what it was like on day two with a lot of extra O2 in it. I had it at room temperature and it held up surprisingly well. It definitely needs a little chill, but not too much and even ‘aged’, it was a nice glass (I suspect the sourness is a big portion of how it managed to hold up without significant issue).
Overall, I think this is a great wine for hot days on the patio or by the pool, maybe with some light snacks. It drinks very easy and I kept wanting more.
I was super excited to pick this up and get it home. I ordered the Cinsault from a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed it, so i was excited to try this one since I’ve never had a Grenache Blanc, I had no idea what to expect really.
Pulled it out of the fridge after a few hours working in the yard. No alcohol to speak of on the nose. I’m not great at identifying smells, but i got green for sure… Green apple maybe? And like the previous rat, some nectarine. Also like the previous rat, I thought the wine really opened up when it warmed a bit, and then I got a lot more of the citrus. Color was a light straw.
I found the wine to be more ‘bright’ than ‘sweet’, if that makes sense, and I’d say medium, pleasant acid, and a medium finish.
We paired it with some spicy hot pot later in the evening, and it was not a match made in heaven, so I don’t know that it pairs particularly well with spice.
All in all, a very good sipper on it’s own on a warm day on the porch, particularly at this price. I don’t drink a ton of white wine, but I’m in for some of these, since summer seems to be finally upon us, and the QPR seems quite good. We both had this at a ‘buy’ at $12-15.
If the winemaker comes by, maybe they can suggest some pairings. We were a little bit stumped. Beet salad, maybe?
Howdy Casemates! To answer some of the food pairing questions, we think our GB does great with most types of seafood, especially shellfish and don’t forget bouillabaisse Also, as one of the Rats pointed out softer, creamy cheeses are a great match as well. Richly spiced foods are a great match (but not overly hot spice), like Thai curry mussels, Moroccan flavors and as someone else pointed out paella. We occasionally throw paella parties featuring the GB.
@onesta I’m not familiar with this varietal, but I love Sauvigon Blancs during the warmer summer weather. How would you compare the two?
BTW…I loved the Cinsault that you allowed us to partake in earlier this year. My wife and I spent the night at a Spa for Valentines Day…and we opened a bottle to share after massages and before dinner…memorable all the way around!!!
I never really like making generalizations about wines because they can vary so much based on terroir and winemaking but maybe this will help. Most folks would consider Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay the bookends of the range of white wines… at least the well known ones. So, I’d stick GB somewhere in the middle.
Grenache Blanc can be a fun and funky wine, usually has a pretty vibrant nose full of what can range from green notes (i.g. kefir lime, green apple) to the kind of floral citrus notes that one might find in a Viognier (i.e. honeysuckle, lemon flower). I think the Rats have been discovering this.
Another simplification you might make is Sauvignon Blanc = herbaceous & Grenache Blanc = light and zesty.
Hope that helps and know that we’ve been to quite a few trade tastings (folks in the biz) and there’s quite a few folks that haven’t had a GB, at least not on its own.
@mrn1 In my limited experience with GB wines, I’ve found them to have high levels of acidity and minerality, or at least there is the perception of elevated levels. There is usually a wet-stone flintiness that accompanies the minerality. The fruit is secondary and mostly citrus-like, leaning towards lime/lemon. A little white pepper spice on the back end.
Since it’s been compared to hard liquor, I’m going to say it most closely resembles Gin. More specifically, a Gin & Tonic w/twist of lime.
Hi all! My hubby and I were lucky lab rats for this offering! We really enjoyed the wine here in the hot San Antonio summer. On initial opening direct from the fridge, hubby described it as having “bracing acidity and minerality.” I also found the acidity and minerality to be primary, but as I tend to love a more acidic wine, I didn’t find it to be bracing. We had never had this varietal before, and we weren’t sure what to expect. I found it zippy like some of my favorite sauvignon blancs and definitely lighter than chardonnay.
While it warmed up a bit, we picked up a bit more lemon, fruity and floral notes while the acidity remained. We both thought it was very refreshing and a perfect summer sipper. It is not overly complex, but it is very nice and “clean” tasting (if that makes sense). We have since paired the wine with a number of different food items (brunch of bacon and eggs and Indian take-out), and it seems to pair well with anything ranging from rich and fatty to spicy. I could also see it being a good match for a cool salad on a hot day.
Before seeing the offering, we both thought we would go in on an order if it were up to $18/bottle. Seeing the great price point on offer, we’re definitely going to be grabbing some!! Thanks for the chance to be a rat, and thanks for keeping these great offers coming!
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