In straight translation, tranche is a French term meaning slice. To winery owners, it means that and much more. The Tranche wines are a further expression of their abiding curiosity about wine. Its several “slices” explore a growing range of estate-grown, Mediterranean and Rhône-inspired, varietal wines and blends. Grapes native to France’s Rhône Valley are the focus of their ‘Slice of Pape’ program – their homage particularly to the blended wines of the Southern Rhône. Slice of Pape, Slice of Pape Blanc, and Pink Pape (their dry rosé) are crafted from the best of these traditional varietals. Separately and together, they offer you a New World expression of these classic Old World wines. The 2012 is comprised of Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne. These white Rhone plantings were hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed into neutral French oak barrels and egg-shaped concrete fermenters. Native yeast fermentation and heavy stirring of barrel lees helped build texture and complexity, while partial concrete maturation brought energy, focus, and minerality to the finished wine. The wine opens with vibrant melon and stone fruit aromas with honeysuckle, gardenia and almond blossom. The wine is firm and textured on entry, with fleshy flavors of white peach, star fruit and fresh kiwi filling out the palate. Dry and focused on the finish, this white Rhone blend gives excellent mineral length and persistence. This wine would pass undetected in a lineup of Châteauneuf du Pape Blancs and will continue to shine for another 3-4 years or more. Drink now through 2019. Only 551 cases were produced.