Winemaker Bryan Babcock has a lively sense of humor and a prodigious sense of hyperbole. He named the wine Soulstruck because when he first tasted it out of the barrel he explained that it struck his soul. How do you argue with that?
Grenache Blanc seems to have taken over the world in the last decade. Until then, most people never even heard of it and those of us who had hardly ever tasted it. Growers in Spain and New Zealand began increasing their vineyards with it and shortly after it was being increased in California also, especially in Santa Barbara County.
The only explanation for this proliferation is that it's just delicious. Add to that its ease to grow and you have a winner. In Europe it was mostly used as a blending grape because it's burst of lovely fruit added just the lift needed to wines that lacked it. But, today it is standing on its own and quite comfortably.
So, it was just a matter of time before Bryan jumped in. After all, he has nearly 40 vintages under his boots and there are few winemakers with his track record. With Santa Barbara seemingly leading the way in Grenache Blanc production it seemed like a natural fit and this wine confirms that.
From the peach nectar and lilacs on the nose, which descends on the palate, to the finish with pink grapefruit and spice, this wine satisfies at every turn. A steaming plate of linguini with clams and mussels in a light tomato sauce would do quite nicely.