Happy Wine Wednesday! Here we are again, and I thought it was only appropriate to feature a wine that speaks of Spring, warm weather and the #superbloom! Today I am featuring another wine from Urban Press Winery, a Grenache Blanc with the name, “Fiore,” meaning flower.
This wine has become my hands down favorite white at the moment. I’ve always loved a good Grenache Blanc, since I was first introduced to it years ago at Bouchon in Santa Barbara. At that time, I got to try a Tercero Wines Grenache Blanc. I took a picture of the bottle and went on a hunt for more. I wasn’t able to find it, but fast forward to a couple of years later, and I was working an event where I got to meet Owner/Winemaker, Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines and taste his other beautiful creations.
Grenache Blanc is still hard to find, and when I find a good one, I latch on to it. Giovanni D’Andrea, Owner and Winemaker of Urban Press, has filled that niche for me – especially since it’s so easy for me to get here in Los Angeles. The 2016 vintage is good, but the 2017 “Fiore” is absolutely fantastic! It’s fresh, floral and fruity. Yum! The scent of this wine is so delicious, I don’t know if I want to smell it or drink it. No, that’s a lie. I want to drink it.
So, here are the tasting notes. Cheers!
Urban Press Winery
2017 Grenache Blanc “Fiore”
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
This lustrous wine is immediately inviting, with its golden hue and intoxicating aromas. Perfumed floral notes of honeysuckle and jasmine, with layered citrus is on the nose. The wine has a playful, silky quality and bright acids. Flavors of lime zest, lychee, honeycomb and white flowers round out the palate. I recommend this wine if you’re stuck between a wanting a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc. It is superb!