Light straw yellow-green color; peach, grapefruit on the nose; grapefruit, lemon, orange peel on the palate.
Dry, crisp with very nice acidity (3.30 pH), hint of oiliness in the mouth, lemon comes through on finish. Blend of 65% grenache, 15% marsanne, 10% clairette, 10% viognier. Simple wine with somewhat bashful fruit, but the racy acidity wins through. No oak. The acidity and bite means this is not a flippant easy drinker, but certainly would work well with grilled fish, salad, shell fish. More than pleasing enough for the price, with charming label and website.
Les Dauphins wines—white, red, rosé—come from vineyards on the banks of the southern Rhône River. White and red grenache grapes are backbone of their repertoire, aided and abetted by syrah, mourvèdre, marsanne, and viognier.
Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Réserve Blanc 2013 is good food-pairing wine for the price. $10-11
Second photo: Green grenache grapes