It is not often you think of a Dry Creek Valley white wine when looking for something to have with raw oysters, but this Cuvée Blanc has what it takes—mineral flavors in a dry, un-oaked white with excellent acid balance. In fact, our 2013 Cuvée Blanc will have you thinking it’s not from California! Vermentino offers floral fruit, Grenache Blanc adds rich texture, and Picpoul—brilliant acidity. Cuvée Blanc is a soulful alternative to the other whites grown in this valley.
Varietal & Vineyard:
In 2004, after tasting through several lots of white Rhône varietal wines at Nova Vine Nursery, we chose to plant Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and Vermentino. All three of these varieties are native to the Mediterranean areas of Europe, and as such, tend to retain natural acidity and mineral character in warmer climates. Grenache Blanc is one of the key components to Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc and the white wine from Spain’s Priorat. Vermentino is the white of Sardinia and Liguria. Picpoul is often called ‘Muscadet of the Languedoc’ because of its high acidity. We now have almost two acres planted to these three varieties.