Barrel 27 2010 High on the Hog White

Posted by Keith Wallace

Tucked between a self-storage park and a recycling plant in a correlated office park in Central California sits this winery. Looks can be deceiving, as this is actually a side project of the stellar winemaker McPrice Myers, known for his self-named label.

Then again, what can you expect from a guy whose own father, a correctional officer, was convinced that his own rebellious son would end up behind bars one day? (In other words, this guy was destined for the wine trade.)

Thankfully, this bottling is a lovely Rhone-style white, with a delicacy and elegance that puts this puppy over the top.

The blend is mostly Viognier and Grenache Blanc, with a drop or two of Roussanne and Marsanne. Notes of white peach, spring flowers, and papaya flow together in a satisfyingly rich texture. The finish turns to white pepper, red fruit, and high-tone minerality.

Give me a grilled tuna steak with this awesome glass for a summertime dinner.

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