Tranche Cellars Slice of Pape Blanc 2009
Rhone White Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
A dramatic wine with a bouquet of violets and jasmine, fresh ripe cantaloupe, and a hint of sea mist. The palate is a see-saw balance between fruit and savory elements. Remarkably complex flavors of dried apricot, peach pit, apple skin, tangerine, kumquat, and ocean brine. Finishing with a meyer lemon and lime zest acidity. The savory notes linger for minutes, finishing more like a red wine.
"Formerly labeled simply as a Roussanne-Viognier blend, this is now the companion wine to Tranche's Slice of Pape Red. Here is a wine with power, balance and concentration. It's a polished, focused, utterly seductive blend, dominated by the Roussanne, but with the Viognier contributing brightness and a floral top note. There's a riot of fruit flavors, from citrus to tangerine to Macintosh apple and spiced pear, with a slightly saline finish. Editors' Choice."
"A Roussanne-Viognier blend raised for 10 months in older barrel and tank and released only after two years in bottle, the Tranche 2009 Slice of Pape Blanc evinces decadent, musky, peony-like floral effusions along with more predictable scents of acacia, honeysuckle pear, citrus oils, and sea breeze."
The Wine Advocate
- 12/18/2013 (172 items) (viewed 184 times)
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At the base of Washington's Blue Mountain Estate Vineyard sits Tranche Cellars, where the bucolic town of Walla Walla blends into the gentle mountains forming the eastern border of the Walla Walla Valley.
Throughout our Estate Vineyards, we cultivate a diverse collection of some of the world"s most interesting grape varietals. We practice only sustainable viticulture,...
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Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...
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White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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