Smithereens 2016 White Rhone Blend, El Dorado
Item Number: 10997
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: El Dorado
Grape(s): 37% Grenache Blanc / 29% Viognier / 26% Roussanne / 8% Marsanne
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.4
Case Production: 1,051
The Smithereens White Blend is patterned after the white wines from the Côtes du Rhône and includes the varietals Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit is sourced from nine vineyards scattered around unique microclimates within El Dorado including two estate sites. The fermentation occurs with native yeast in stainless steel barrels (23%) and neutral French oak (77%). There is a single barrel of skin contact Grenache Blanc to add texture and structure. The wine rests on its gross lees until being blended together after 9 months in barrel.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Smithereens is a balanced, medium-bodied expression of a blend, with just the right amount of structure, acid, and fruit. The wine offers aromas of lemon peel, kumquat, and citrus leaf, coupled with subtle notes of nectarine, white flowers, and wet concrete. The wine starts out broad and finishes with focus and persistence on the palate.