2020 Ferdinand Garnacha Blanca

2020 Ferdinand Garnacha Blanca

¥3,960 (incl. tax)

If you like white wines that are aromatic, fresh and crunchy, try Ferdinand’s latest version of a Spanish varietal. Garnacha Blanca - aka Grenache Blanc - is well-established in Northern Spain and Southern France. Often used to add texture in the local white blends, it also makes a fine varietal wine, prized for aromas of citrus, peach and lemon; chalky minerality and a creamy texture. Having fallen in love with Garnacha back when he made wine in the borderlands between France and Spain, Evan Frazier had long been eyeing the rows of Garnacha growing in the same block that provides his Albariño. In 2018 he was finally offered the grapes he’d coveted for almost a decade. He picks the grapes early to emphasize freshness and maintain bright acidity but also puts the wine through malolactic fermentation and 12-months aging in neutral oak to soften the texture and broaden the flavor profile. As Evan puts it, “This 100% Grenache Blanc goes down easy. The wine has just a touch of ripe fruit while remaining lightly floral with a citrusy grip and perfect texture.” Try it with fish tacos, calamari, prawns, Japanese or other Asian dishes. 

Winery


Winery Description

Because just seven or eight grape varieties dominate California wine production (for example, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris account for 69% of all white wine grapes), one might not notice a growing trend toward non-traditional grape varieties. However, more and more growers and winemakers are either rediscovering varieties that once played a role in California’s past (e.g. Petite Sirah or Mourvèdre)  or are experimenting with grapes (e.g. Nebbiolo, Aglianico) that have rarely travelled beyond their home regions. Ferdinand Wines is one such winery setting out on this path. Founder Evan Frazier got his start in winemaking when he spent the 2006 harvest in the village of Maury, in Southwest France, where he did everything from picking and processing grapes to working in the cellar. With the Spanish border just a few kilometers away, the local grapes were Grenache and Carignan - aka Garnacha and Mazuelo. The experience left him with not only a desire to become a professional winemaker but also an appreciation for Spanish wines and grape varieties. Back in the United States, Frazier landed a job with the Konsgaard Winery, maker of high-end Napa Valley Chardonnay. But, in 2010, when he was offered a ton of Albariño from the Vista Luna Vineyard in Lodi, he jumped at the chance to work with the aromatic grape of Galicia. Today he is the General Manager at Konsgaard, but he is able to use his employer’s facilities to also make his own wines based on Spanish varieties. Ferdinand currently makes just three wines: the Tempranillo and Albariño offered by Hotei Wines as well as a Grenache/Carignan blend. With production at less than 1,400 cases, Ferdinand Wines is more artisan winemaker than “boutique” winery. The grapes come from growers in Lodi and the Sierra Foothills that specialize in under-the-radar grape varieties. The wines are crafted by hand, in small lots, fermented on native yeasts and with low sulphur additions. While grape varieties like Albariño and Tempranillo are but tiny drops in the bucket of California vineyards, winemakers like Evan Frazier show us that California can give us so much more than the ubiquitous Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Lodi (Inland Valleys)
Winery Ferdinand
Vintage 2020
Color White
Varietal(s) Grenache Blanc
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.2 x 29.5
Case Size 34.5 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 12.0%
Product Code FE20GB
UPC NONE
MLF 100%

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

92 points – Decanter (2018 vintage). 

Ripe pears, lemon peel, a floral note, and subtle pineapple greet the nose. The palate offers fresh lemon citrus, a bright and creamy texture, and savory herbs on the finish. 

Production


Vinification

100% Grenache Blanc grapes were handpicked at low brix, pressed as whole clusters, and fermented and aged 12 months in neutral French oak. 

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