Here’s how most winemakers make a blend: They harvest their grapes and produce wines as single-varietals. Then, as the wine develops, they pull samples of wine and produce dozens of blends until they find just the right one. It’s smart, it’s scientific, it’s risk-averse.
But if you’re the sort of “fool” that’s willing to throw caution to the wind, trust the grapes, and do things in a traditional Alsatian way, you’ll produce a field blend. That’s right: You’ll pick your grapes all at once, throw them together in the fermenter, and hope for the best (informed, of course, by your experience.)
And that’s what you’ll find in this Whistling Ridge Blanc blend. Entirely from one vineyard on the crest of Ribbon Ridge, this unique blend is 45% Riesling, 25% Pinot Blanc, 23% Pinot Noir, and 7% Gewürztraminer. Just 156 cases produced.
There’s a balance of sweetness, texture, and acidity that makes this a fantastic food wine. The nose is rich and floral, layered over peach and nectarine, with hints of sweet spice and ginger. The palate is full and lush with stone fruit, spice, and a kick of minerality.