What the wine lacks is a cloying soapiness that plagues some California Grenache Blanc. The grape tends toward high sugars, rich fruit notes, and an adequate acid profile for varietal bottling. But I’ve tasted many examples that were low-cut and slippery, leading me to wonder whether the acidity might have fallen through the floor just before harvest, resulting in a wine lacking the crisp edges necessary to balance this grape’s fulsome flavor profile.
But back to the Bella Grace: This is the opposite of that style, a varietal wine with linearity and focus, incredibly light-textured, reticent and lilting.
13.2% abv | $25 (sample)