- Producer: Clos Solène - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Guillaume Fabre
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Paso Robles)
- Blend: 75% Roussanne, 25% Viognier
- Vintage production: 160 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Guillaume & Solène Fabre
- First Vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2017-2020+
About the Wine:
The fruit for the Hommage Blanc 2016 was sourced from the top sites of the James Berry and Glenrose Vineyards, both renowned for producing some of Paso greates ever wines. Just 160 cases of this elixir were produced in 2016.
Following the uneventful El Nino of 2015/16, which did provide better rainfall than the previous four years, proved to be a let down from what was anticipated. The winter cold also did not dip down into consistently low conditions to provide for a true hard frost, which helps vines remain in dormancy longer. Early bud break, at about mid-April, was recorded across the AVA.
A relatively cool spring led to some very consistent and warm spikes in early June, then consistently warm July and August. Harvest for white varieties began mid-August. Warm temperatures through September kept harvest at a heightened pace until it concluded in early October. This was one of the earliest harvests on record, at least since 2013. The 2016 vintage is the warmest year since 2014, with every month of the growing season, except May, skewing warmer than average.
Clos Solène Hommage Blanc Roussanne 2017
“A barrel fermented and aged blend of 75% Roussanne and 25% Viognier, the 2016 Hommage Blanc is crisp and refreshing, with notes of under ripe pineapple, tangerine and citrus giving way to a tight, crisp 2016 that has beautiful length. It's going to gain a touch of weight with 6-12 months in bottle and drink nicely for 2-3 years."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct. 2017)