Tranche Cellars Slice of Pape Blanc 2010

Rhone White Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 126551
  • white wine
  • RP92
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"More serious, the 2010 Slice of Pape Blanc is a knockout white that has real character and depth. Made from 59% Roussanne and 41% Viognier and aged in 100% neutral French oak, it has a rich, yet vibrant profile of lemon curd, buttered peaches, green almonds and a touch of flowers to go with a medium-bodied, textured mouthfeel. While it has solid richness, it has racy acidity and beautiful detail and poise on the palate; it would pass undetected in a lineup of Chateauneuf du Pape Blancs and will continue to shine for another 3-4 years or more. "
92 Points

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Learn About Tranche Cellars

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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Learn About Columbia Valley

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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Learn About Rhone White Blends

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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