2016 Kaena Hapa Blanc

One of the big wine trends these days with millennials is their love of blends. And, for the most part, their interest in red blends goes more in the direction of Napa Bordeaux style Meritage wines or Sonoma County Zinfandel based field blends often with some Petite Sirah and Carignan in the blend.

Missed though are the white blends, many of which are Rhone white blends that are perfect with the warm weather in spring and summer here across the United States.

The 2016 Kaena Hapa Blanc is one of those mistakenly overlooked white blends that meets that criteria, and while partially Rhone grape varietal based with Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc, the addition of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling gives the wine a bit more complexity and differentiation. 

Rich layers of honeysuckles, banana, ripe honeydew melon and canteloupe, a hit of petrol and some light grassy notes come through. The light cream base, and the bright lemon peel aroma makes this an ideal Sunday brunch charmer that should not be overlooked.

And that’s why the 2016 Kaena Hapa Blanc is today’s WineSiders Wine of The Day