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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Garretson G White 2005

Winemaker Mat Garretson makes California-style wines with traditional Rhône grape varieties at his winery in Paso Robles. His reds are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, and his whites are Roussane and Viognier.

Garretson's G White 2005 is 54.4 percent Viognier and 46.6 percent Roussane. It has a rich, honeyed, floral nose, and crisp flavors of apricot and lemon. (A friend said it reminded him of lemon custard, and it does go that direction as it warms in the glass.) It has a bit of creaminess in the mouth, plenty of body, and the finish is long and pleasant. It's about $15 a bottle, and a delicious alternative for those times when the dreaded Chardonnay Burnout sets in.
M. Zane Grey, 9:08 AM