Marsanne and Roussanne are the Northern Rhone Valley’s two most important white wine grape varieties and are regularly blended together. There are less than 600 combined acres of these grapes in California making them a bit of a rarity. This blend has notes of melons, stone fruits, and spice, with a wonderful mineral character. We did not expose the wine to oak aging allowing the wine to remain fresh and lively. Serve slightly chilled.
The 6.3 acres of Marsanne that contribute to this blend are planted on our estate in Sonoma. The area is known for its cool and moderate temperatures which allow for long ripening time and full flavor development. The 1.5 acres of Roussanne is grown in two of our Sonoma Coast vineyards in the Petaluma Gap AVA. The fog lingers until noon on some summer days and the famous wind blows, slowing ripening and providing an ideal growing environment for this rare Northern Rhône varietal blend.
Each parcel of grapes is handpicked separately at first light and delivered to the winery. The grapes are slowly and gently pressed, extracting only the low-solids juice, and then transferred to a settling and chilling tank to preserve the bright flavors. Settling takes 48 hours and the juice is racked to another stainless steel tank where the fermentation begins naturally. The fermentation temperature is controlled at 60 degrees to unlock all the aromatics from the juice. Once the fermentation is complete the wine is racked and then ages for 6 months in stainless tanks before blending and bottling.