Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2012 Camp Four RGB, which was tasted out of tank, checks in as an even split of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc that?s all from the Camp Four Vineyard. Offering up pure, lively aromas and flavors of poached pear, pineapple, buttered toast and hints of flowers, it is a rich, voluptuous white that stays nicely balanced and fresh. It will be a versatile white that has the richness to handle heartier fare. Enjoy it over the coming year or two. Drink 2014-2016. (Aug 2013)
The RGB is named for the blend of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, which is a typical white wine blend found in and around the small villages in the south of France. Typically Roussanne, which is more difficult to ripen and thus more rare, takes a backseat to the Grenache Blanc, which is a more neutral tasting grape. We like to richen up this blend a bit and include more of the robust Roussanne. The resulting blend is nearly a 50-50 balance between the two varieties. The grapes were whole cluster pressed and then fermented and aged together in a small, temperature controlled stainless tank. This early blending allowed the flavors to come together more completely. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to neutral French Burgundy barrels to allow a bit more oxygen into the wine, which acted to soften and round out the final wine. The aroma of this wine explodes with white flowers, green apple, a tropical/banana note, and a flinty/minerally note. The aromas find their way onto the palate where you will sense a long, round, viscous mouthfeel made complex with a racy acidity. The RGB is clean, fresh, and ready to drink. It should, however, improve over the next couple of years.