2016 Inglenook Blancaneaux Napa Valley

About the Wine

Produced since 1999 as a partner to Rubicon, Inglenook’s premier red wine, Blancaneaux is a blend of three estate-grown white Rhône varieties. The Marsanne and Roussanne contribute body and minerality, while the Viognier adds an intense bouquet of tropical fruits. These varieties are grown in vineyard blocks that enjoy full morning sun, but are in the full shadow of Mount St. John by mid-afternoon.

2016 is considered by Robert Parker as the best vintage he ever tasted from Napa Valley.

Ensemble: 36% Viognier 32% Marsanne 32% Roussanne
Aging: 7 months 79% Stainless Steel 21% French Oak
Winemaker Tasting Notes:  Vivid and elegant with a fresh spray of minerals, 2016 Blancaneaux offers an evocative bouquet reminiscent of white flowers, honeysuckle, Asian pears, and grapefruit zest. Complex and full-bodied, the subtle creaminess on the palate results from a touch of French oak. Its layered structure is well complemented by a lingering finish and vivacious flavors of white peach, citrus and vanilla.

Reviews

A blend of 36% Viognier, 32% Marsanne and 32% Roussanne, the 2016 Blancaneaux delivers subtle notions of Bosc pears, Golden Delicious apples and honeysuckle with touches of coriander seed and white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely satiny texture and a fantastic line of freshness lifting the delicately played fruits with a persistent, perfumed finish. 912 cases produced. ~91WA

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