Lot 676 White Blend Santa Barbara County 2016
This beautiful white wine consists of 49% Roussanne grapes, 27% Viognier and 24% Marsanne. The fruit was harvested "from one of California’s iconic producers of Rhône varietals … in cool climate vineyards bathed in cold coastal breezes from the Pacific Coast, whole cluster pressed, and barrel aged ... before blending."
Hughes says, "there might not be any wine producing region in California that delivers better value per dollar than Santa Barbara." Alcohol sits at 14.3% abv and the wine sells for $14. Roussanne is my favorite white grape, and if you can find one at twice that price, please let me know.
The wine's nose is very expressive and full of apricot, almonds, anise and Meyer lemon. The mouthfeel is weighty and the acidity is medium-vibrant. Flavors like stone fruit and citrus leads the way, while the Roussanne's notes of nuts and salinity are balanced by the floral aspect of the Viognier. This is a versatile white wine for pairing with food. It will be a hit on your holiday table.