This blend has notes of honey, orange, and pineapple with a wonderful mineral character. We did not expose the wine to oak aging allowing the wine to remain fresh and lively.
The four acres of Marsanne that contribute to this blend are planted on our estate in Sonoma Carneros. The area is known for its cool and moderate temperatures which allow for long ripening time and full flavor development. The Roussanne is grown in our Sonoma Coast vineyard where the fog intrudes, and lingers until noon on some summer days, along with another high quality hillside Roussanne vineyard high above Clear Lake in Lake County providing an ideal growing environment for this unusual Northern Rhône varietal. The tiny amount of Riesling is grown on our Sonoma Carneros Estate and provides a hint of floral character to the blend.
The grapes are handpicked and conveyed to our de-stemmer. This very gentle process ensures a smooth tasting blend.
The grapes are then pumped directly to our tank press which gently squeezes the juice free of the skins and seeds. From there the juice is pumped to a settling tank where it is chilled further to 55 degrees F. The tank is racked the next day and wine begins its conversion to the brightly flavorful white wine called Cline Roussanne Marsanne.