Brander is one of the best white wine specialists in California, especially when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, which comprises half the blend here, with Grenache Blanc. This is a marvelous wine, racy, dry, spicy and brilliantly structured, with piquant acidity and rewarding citrus, mango and strawberry flavors.
Right up there with last year’s bottling, this Grenache Blanc-Sauvignon Blanc blend is unoaked, offering pure flavors of terroir-inspired fruit. High acidity backs up the lemongrass, pineapple, peach and honeysuckle flavors that finish so dry and spicy.
This unusual blend has been a hit for Brander since its inception. The ’07 is a rich wine, with high acidity and exotic tropical fruit, cherry, honey, vanilla cookie and spice flavors. Tasted in August, the wine had some effervescence, which should disappear by fall.