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The Garnacha Blanca Grape


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About Garnacha Blanca

(Synonyms: Alicant Belyi, AlicanteBlanca, Belan, Belon, Bernacha Blanca, Fehér Grenache, Garnacha, Garnacho Blanco, Garnatxa Blanca, Gkrenas Mplan, Grenache Blanc, Grenash Beli, Grenash Belyi, Grenash Bjal, Llandor Blanca, Rool Grenache, Silla Blanc, Sillina Lanc.)

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Garnacha Blanca is a white-wine grape originating—like its better-known relation the red Garnacha Tinta (aka Grenache)—in Spain; indeed, it is basically a color mutation of red Garnacha. Nowadays, it is chiefly grown in France and Spain, with plantings in France being two to two-and-a-half times as great (by acreage) as in Spain. There are also small plantings in many wine-growing countries, from South Africato the U.S. The variety is emerging from “What?” status to some popularity as its virtues become better known.

As with so many grape varieties, Garnacha Blanca, to produce its best showing, needs to have its vineyard growth restrained. When properly grown and vinified (usually including some oak aging), it typically produces big, rich, alcoholic white wines; these are often used in blends (especially in the Rhône Valley), but there is a trend, as its popularity rises, toward more and more monovarietal expressions.

When vineyard growth is not carefully restrained, Garnacha Blanca can tend toward being “fat” or “flabby”. Also, because the wine oxidizes easily, it should be drunk young: it is not a candidate for bottle aging. But, if the winemaker has done the job right, the result will be a big, expansive, rich wine with strong fruit and citrus notes, excellent minerality, and crisp acids (which are missing in overgrown specimens).

Factoid: Garnacha Blanca/Grenache Blanc from the Santa Ynez Valley of California is seemingly becoming the new world standard.

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Some Descriptions of Garnacha Blanca Wines

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Some Garnacha Blancas to Try

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Curran Grenache Blanc
(Santa Ynez Valley, USA. This is their basic, not their “Four-Dog Blend” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Black Slate “La Morera Blanc”
(Priorat, Spain)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Edetària “Via Terra” Garnatxa Blanca
(Terra Alta, Spain. Do not confuse this with their “Via Edetana” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker appears to have two separate listings for this wine.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Priest Ranch Garnacha Blanca
(Napa Valley, USA)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Sans Liege “Groundwork” Grenache Blanc
(Paso Robles, USA. This is not their “Call to Arms” bottling nor any named-vineyard bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine does not seem to have a CellarTracker review page (there are other Sans Liege “Groundwork” Grenache Blancs, but none seem to be this basic bottling).
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Garnacha Blanca wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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