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Estate Marsanne/Roussanne, Sonoma Coast

Estate Marsanne/Roussanne, Sonoma Coast Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: The 2005 is a blend of 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne picked in the fourth week of October and the second week of November! The wine was co-fermented using only indigenous yeast in two neutral barrels and underwent 100% malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was raised for 11 months in neutral French oak barrels and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2005 Marsanne/Roussanne is floral with notes of clover honey, mango, orange zest, mascarpone and poached pears. The mouth feel is silky with medium weight and low alcohol. There is impeccable balance on the palate with a clear mineral, limestone and chalk streak that comes to the fore in the mid-palate and persists in the finish. The result is a harmonious and elegant blend. Marsanne/Roussanne evolves considerably in the bottle as you age it. If you decide to drink when young, please decant for a few minutes and serve at cellar temperature to capture its full charm and complexity.

Varietal Definition
Also known as Bergeron in the french Savoie region. Semi-classic grape grown in the Hermitage-Rhone and southern Cotes du Rhone region of France. Still occasionally incorporated into white wine blends, (e.g: with the Marsanne grape wine), because of its acidity and aroma but finding less and less favor.
White grape of the Northern Rhône and primary constituent of white Crozes-Hermitage and St.Joseph it is also a permitted blend for red Hermitage. It produces wines high in extract and alcohol with pronounced floral and almond characteristics. Often blended with the more refined Roussanne for a touch of elegance. Seen as a varietal in the Victoria region of Australia, notably Chateau Tahbilk.


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