2016 Brunel De La Gardine Cotes-Du-Rhone Blanc (Rhone Valley, France)… $12.
This is an interesting pick for me, since I rarely find a CDR blanc that I like. Not only do I like this, I think you will as well.
Aromas of wet stone, pears, apples and a hit of white flowers. Apple and pear notes penetrate on the palate along with notes of melon and a kiss of lemon and minerals. There is good acidity which gives it a racy edge and is well-integrated. There is a slight white pepper hit on the mid-palate leading into an apple driven finish where it is joined by notes of pear, lemon and wet stone that lingers with the fresh acidity. This one stopped me in my tracks as I wasn’t expecting this much complexity and quality for a prayer. Think shellfish, salads, chicken or a noodle dish. A warm summer evening in the backyard works just fine. 30% Roussanne, 20% Clarett, 20% Viognier, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Bourboulene (B+/A-)