Winemake Bret Urness is a boots-in-the-dirt kind of winemaker and his wines speak to that. Sourcing from some of the best vineyards along the Central Coast (Ballard Canyon, Solpman, Duvarita anyone?, this guy makes some of the most earthy (but elegant) Rhone wines I’ve tasted — and yes that goes for the white wines as well.
I don’t know what made me stop in Tin City on a drive through the Central Coast. And I can’t say why, in particular, I walked into Bret’s urban tasting room. But I do know I’m glad I did and reliving that visit via this wine reminded me why I came away with a couple of bottles.
About the Wine: Levo Wines 2015 White Noise Rhone blend is made from 45% Grenache Blanc, 31% Roussanne, and 24% Viognier, harvested from Thompson, Stolpman and Murmur vineyards in Santa Barbara County. The wine aged in combination 66% French oak barrels (33% new) and 33% stainless steel.
Flavor Profile: Open the bottle of Levo’s white noise and breathe in aromas of apples, pears, and salted caramel. This white blend is a pale yellow on the pour, settling into the glass a more golden-apple hue.
Initial aromas are of honeysuckle, lilies and soft poached apples. Swirl and release a hint of meyer lemon, citrus blossom, and a light but present acidity.
The palate of the White Noise is medium-light in body, with a rounded texture that is cut through ever so slightly with a slight effervescence and a white pepper like heat. Dominant flavors are of honey, almond, pollen, white peaches and nectarines, and pear.
Food Pairing:I paired the Levo 2015 White Noise with a seared halibut, cauliflower purée, and roasted cauliflower florets. The cauliflower, which was seasoned with white pepper, actually brought out more of the floral notes in the wine. The soft texture of both the purée and the fish complemented the rounded texture of the wine. But most importantly, this white wine was simultaneously delicate in its flavor profile but substantial enough in body to stand side-by-side with a main meal. I would highly recommend pairing it with a white fish dish like this or, for vegetarians, earthy-sweet vegetables like a cauliflower.
More Info: I purchased the Levo Wines 2015 White Noise Rhone blend at the winery. Price: $33. For more information about Levo Wines, Bret, his wines, and to purchase wine directly, please visit the Levo Wines website.
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