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2016 Lip Stinger

THE STORY 

The storied Picpoul, one of the rarest grapes in Washington, is the not-so-secret ingredient of this stunning Grenache Blanc blend. Not-so-secret because “Lip Stinger” is the literal translation of the word. Our Grenache Blanc was grown sur echalas and co-fermented with Picpoul, Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, Viognier...literally every Rhône White varietal at French Creek. They were grown together, picked together, fermented together, and now offer themselves to you in this age-worthy blend. 

VINTAGE Notes

This year is the first we used Roussanne from the Rocks District, which adds acid and minerality, providing a backbone to the delicate florals of the Yakima Valley fruit making up the rest of the blend. This makes for a lemony burst up front followed by a mouthwatering stony mineral finish. 

We suggest pairing with fresh white fish cooked in rich butter or olive oil. Other great seasonal options would be creamy, freshly-shucked corn rolled in butter, or a rich, juicy heirloom tomato salad.


VITALS :

75% Grenache Blanc, 18% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne, 2% Viognier, 1% Picpoul, 1% Claret Blanche

BIRTHPLACE :

Yakima Valley AVA

FORMULA :

Fermented in barrel and aged in 73% new oak, large format, 650 and 500L barrels.

PRODUCTION:

97 Cases

ALCOHOL:

13.4%

pH:

3.3

RESIDUAL SUAGR:

2.2 g/L

PURCHASE

2016 Lip Stinger Reviews

“This white mutant of Grenache Noir shows a brilliant straw-gold color and intriguing aromas of Jonathan apple, white peach, Crenshaw melon, citrus, apple blossoms, jasmine, lemongrass and white incense. The flavors, as well, are striking, with white fruits that are imbued with peach stone, grape and apple skins and saline minerals. The back picks up notes of chamomile tea, pêche liqueur, melon rind and lime peel, followed by a vibrant, persistently crisp and minerally finish. 19/20 points. ”

-- Rand Sealey, Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines
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