An extremely tasty small production wine from North Carolina, the Pleb Urban Winery Vidal Blanc.
Vidal Blanc from Souther Williams vineyard in Western North Carolina.
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The Pleb Urban Winery Vidal Blanc is most commonly available in a 500ml or 1L growler size at the winery. A 750ml bottle has an SRP of $19.50.
Barrel fermented and aged on lees.
Deep golden color with baked peaches, pie crust, honeysuckle.
Vidal Blanc is a hybrid grape, a crossing of Ugni Blanc and another hybrid variety known as Rayon d’Or. It was created back in the 1930s in France for cognac production there. And while it is no longer grown in France, the grape was found to be quite well-suited to cool climates. As such it has prospered throughout the US and Canada, often being made into ice wine in very cold areas. It seems that it also does surprisingly well in Western North Carolina.
The 2018 Pleb Urban Winery Vidal Blanc opens with an enticing aroma chock full of peach, lemon and grapefruit as well as a little orange rind, honeysuckle and just a touch of almond. Tasting the wine reveals continuing flavors of peach plus citrus, pear and more. It has similar flavors to the nose but fruit is more candied when tasting. With a lively mouthfeel and a nice level of sweetness, it’s really quite delicious. It ends with a long and satisfying finish — so satisfying, that it’s really hard not to take another sip! This is some tasty North Carolina wine.