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White Blend, 2019. Galvanized Synergy

White Blend, 2019. Galvanized Synergy

Item #: C0722W2
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: White Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Santa Barbara County, California
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Peach, Spice
Palate: Swirls of the Tropics
Finish: Clean, Bright
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Enjoy Now/Shellfish, Seafood/13.75 Alcohol by Volume

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Bryan Babcock has always had a flair for unusual wine names. Galvanized Synergy is yet another example. That flair, as well as his growing perfection in winemaking over the last 40 years, has been honed and translated into some of the finest wines we have ever tasted.

Bryan has become the "master of minutiae" in winemaking. The notion that every wine is a blend is difficult for some to wrap their heads around. The fact is that the wine could be just one varietal, say Pinot Noir, but even parts of the same vineyard can produce slightly different flavors. It is incumbent on the winemaker to decide which parts and how much become the final blend.

Our selection is a perfect example. The goal in all of Bryan's wines is balance coupled with nuance and complexity. He'll do whatever it takes to reach that goal. In this case, the blend is 52% Vermentino, 31% Viognier, 9% Clairette Blanc and 8% Picpoul. It's difficult to comprehend the notion that 8% or 9% could make a difference in a blend, but it does.

As if that was enough, he then ferments the blend in barrels and ages for just a few weeks in new French Oak. All this minutiae is what makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. In our case, there's the unmistakable peach blast of the Vermentino is perfectly complimented by the spice of the Viognier. The entire exciting amalgam begs for a classic French onion soup or tuna tartare.

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