2016 Lip Stinger
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.
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.
75% Grenache Blanc, 18% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne, 2% Viognier, 1% Picpoul, 1% Claret Blanche
Yakima Valley AVA
Fermented in barrel and aged in 73% new oak, large format, 650 and 500L barrels.