Friday, April 14, 2023

Vroom with a Cru


That's not a wine named for the famous route of song and lore where you might get your kicks, but from something even kickier. In 2003 Kevin Buckler, who is also the founder and CEO of Adobe Road Winery, won, along with his co-drivers, the Rolex 24 endurance race from the GT class in a baby blue Porsche 911, beating the top-tier prototype cars in a feat that has never been repeated.

So, not surprisingly the 2021 66 White Blend is a racy little number (couldn't resist) engineered from 66% Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County and then some Rhone varietals--19% Marsanne and 15% Viognier--from Lodi. While the Rhone grapes come from a warmer growing region, that doesn't mean they step on the aromatic gas in the final blend--this is very well-balanced for how big it is, aged in just 20% new French oak. You don't win races just through speed but control, and this bottling exhibits those lessons, too.

So there's lemon blossom and lychee on the nose, inviting and a touch exotic, and what follows is more fresh citrus fruit, some green pear, and more floral notes. A lovely bottle to start a party with alongside some good gooey cheese or slab of smoked salmon guests can pick apart.

(And all apologies for the post title. I couldn't resist.)

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