Marsanne is a white wine grape originating in the northern Rhône region at the Sainte Anne Abbey in Bonlieu-sur-Roubion, France. Outside of France it is found in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. It is often blended with Rousanne and Viognier.
Marsanne is not the easiest grape to grow if conditions are not ideal which leads to over ripe fruit and flabby (low acid) wines. Many vineyards pick the berries early to avoid that scenario.
Marsanne is used to produce both dry and sweet wines. They are redolent of pears, quince and white peach with nutty and spicy flavors. The color of the wines tend to be deep and rich which deepen with age with a mellic or unctuous mouth feel. The wines can be high in alcohol, uncommon in white wines that haven't been fortified.
Because Marsanne doesn't have a particularly high level of acid, it is best with creamy, buttery dishes like a pumpkin ravioli with brown butter, or a lobster risotto. Emmentaler, Camembert, Havarti and Muenster are good cheese pairings.
A creative co-ferment of grapes native to the South of France:Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon 2.4%; farmed to savor the natural attributes of granitic soils, washed down the mountains covered in Madrone, Oak and Ponderosa pine. Full bodied and exotic, this is a substantial wine, but it’s still balanced with the bracing acidity you would expect from Oregon. The aromas and flavors are laced with hints of honeysuckle and ripe peaches. An ideal match for roast chicken, veal and cheeses. For those that love the exotic, lush and complex white blend of the southern Rhône Valley will adore Longue Carabine.
Varietal: Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon Blanc 2.4%.
Appellation: Applegate Valley
Vineyard: Troon Vineyard
Designation: Longue Carabine
Sugar: 20.5 Brix
Aging: 7 months in mature French Oak
Residual Sugar: 2.8
Bottling Date: 5/15/2015
Let it Rolle! Rolle (pronounced “roll”) is the French name for Vermentino and, as the style of our 2016 Troon Blue Label Vermentino, Cuvée Rolle, Applegate Valley was inspired by the delicious Rolle blends of the Languedoc Roussillon region in Southern France we gave our cuvée the French name. The Troon Cuvée Rolle is native yeast fermented in mature French Oak barrels and is a co-ferment of 90% Vermentino (Rolle) and 10% Marsanne. The Marsanne adds a rich, round fruitiness to the wine, which is a beautiful counterpoint to the zesty Vermentino.
A brilliant light gold in color, the aromatics literally leap out of a glass of our Cuvée Rolle. Fresh fragrances of lime and orange from the Vermentino meld with the exotic spices and honeysuckle of the Marsanne, which continue on the palate. The Marsanne brings a soft, voluptuous texture that is lifted by the tangy, crispness of the Vermentino. Together they create a wine that perfectly walks the line between richness and freshness that cannot be resisted.