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Viognier-Marsanne 2019

Viognier-Marsanne 2019

A Rhone-inspired Estate Blend of two amazingly complementary grapes.

In this singular blend, the intense stone fruit and floral aromas of Viognier link to the orange peel citrus accents and ethereal texture of Marsanne. Whole bunch pressed, fermented in neutral French oak barrels, and aged on lees for 6 months to promote texture and complexity. 

The trick with Viognier-Marsanne is to capture exactly the right blend of the two grapes, allowing the Viognier’s chameleon-like versatility to promote and accentuate Marsanne’s comparatively subtle profile. This blend of 17% Marsanne has proven effective in promoting the finer varietal intricacies of the grape without diminishing the fruitful vivacity of the Viognier.

83% Viognier, 17% Marsanne


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SKU: 399873 19
Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Viognier & Marsanne
Cases Produced
278
Acid
6.2g/L
pH
3.5
Aging
Drink now through 2024
Residual Sugar
3.2g/L
Alcohol %
14.3
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
On the nose, a delicate aromatic medley of peach cobbler and white flowers, currently led by the Marsanne's earthiness with a hint of toasted almond.

On the palate, textured notes of caramel and coconut balance tones of clover and orange peel. A long finish rounds out the smooth and elegant palate.
Production Notes
A delicate year leads to a delicate wine. While the Viognier was picked to schedule, the always-tardy Marsanne was picked last out of all our fruit (even after the red wine grapes). Both grapes were hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, and then fermented and aged 6 months in Burgundian neutral French oak barrels. The final blend was chosen to present the varietal character of the Marsanne without diminishing the vivacity of the Viognier. All estate-grown, we are happy to brand this vintage of Viognier-Marsanne as “Salmon-Safe” to reflect our commitment to vineyard sustainability.
Food Pairing Notes
A complex and delightful pairing wine, well-suited to drink alongside earthy white meats, from roast turkey to oysters to pork terrine. Try with sushi for a particularly satisfying combination. 
Other Notes
Marsanne is a remarkable and underappreciated but challenging fruit, with truly unique tones hidden within an unstructured form. To truly appreciate Marsanne, one must support it with a more noble grape: Viognier in this case. We have used a scaffold of Viognier and oak to elevate the Marsanne to a level where its characteristics can be truly appreciated. And appreciate them we do!