More closely aligned with France's Languedoc region, the Picpoul Blanc grape has taken root in Monterey and Sonoma counties, as well as in places like Texas, Arizona and Washington state. The grape's name has been said to mean "lip stinger" in French, a nod to its high acidity.
Winemaker extraordinaire Randall Grahm says, "Beeswax Vineyard produces white grapes with the scent of, well, beeswax." He says that fruit imparts a "unique savoriness, discernable brininess" to the wine. Graham calls the Picpoul "super-savory, nay almost waxy/salty, with perhaps a bit more weight than in previous vintages." He says the 2019 may be his favorite BDV Picpoul to date. He also notes a floral quality in his recent Picpoul vintages which he feels is often missing in versions from the Old World. The wine lays back at only 11% abv and retails for $15. Wendy Cook did the label art, which has a graphic pronouncer for Picpoul.
There is a huge citrus aspect at play on the nose, limes, lemons, oranges, the works. That floral quality has a lot of competition in the sniff. The palate offers up a fabulous acidity, with salinity and minerals to join the aforementioned fruit. This is a serious white wine that can serve as so much more than a sipper with salad. It's a perfect wine to pair with with crustaceans and mollusks.
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