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Source: Sierra Moon
Harvest Date: September 26, 2009
Brix at Harvest: 24
Time in Barrel: 9 months
Type of Oak: Neutral French & American
Bottled: March 5, 2011
Production: 40 cases
Spec Sheet (PDF): 2009 Marsanne
This grape is relatively new to the "varietal scene", as one of the white wine grapes that is helping, along with Viognier and Roussanne, to increase the visibility and popularity of "Rhône-style" wines in California in particular and the United States in general.
This round, medium-gold to amber Marsanne makes a deep-colored
wine that is also fairly full-bodied, sometimes described as almost
"waxy". Where growing conditions are right, Marsanne aromas
can suggest almond paste or citrus, mixed with perfume. Low acidity
means Marsanne wine is best consumed young. This wine has 20% Viognier
blended in elevate the high citrus fruit notes as well.
Flavor profiles are pear, parmesan cheese with hints of caramel and quince. This elegantly balanced dry wine pairs well with creamy dishes such as pasta.