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.
Our 2016 Enchantress white Rhône blend is seductive with vibrant aromas of tropical flowers, summer peach, pineapple, guava, and Gala apple. The palate is laced with rich flavors of tropical fruit, summer citrus, and melon coupled with a balanced crisp acidity on the finish that pulls you back for more.
Pair this wine with light to light to medium body cheeses, scallops, oysters, shellfish, seafood, poultry and good friends.Winemaking: Early morning handpicks of the Marsanne and Roussanne at Cass Vineyard where immediately pressed while the grapes where cold from the night before preserving the freshness and fruit intensity. The wine was then cold fermented in stainless steel with limited exposer to oxygen, retaining the subtle nuances of the crisp fruit and high-tone esters. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited in the Marsanne and Roussanne, further preserving these qualities.
The Grenache Blanc came from Alta Colina Vineyard, Paso Robles, California. The wine was cold fermented in stainless steel with limited exposer to oxygen, retaining the subtle nuances of the crisp fruit and high-tone esters.
Varietal: White Rhone Blend
Vineyards: Cass Vineyard & Alta Colina Vineyard
Blend: 39% Marsanne, 38% Roussanne, 23% Grenache Blanc
The Languedoc is a constant source of inspiration for us at Troon Vineyard as our climate and soils in the Applegate Valley have proven to be the perfect home for the varieties that shine there. One of the classic combinations of the Languedoc is the intertwining of Marsanne and Viognier.
Our 2016 Kubli Bench Blanc, Estate Bottled, Applegate Valley is not a blend, but a co-ferment. We believe co-fermentation creates a wine of greater integration and complexity than simply blending. We harvest two blocks of Marsanne and Viognier crush them by foot, then press them into mature French Oak barrels for native yeast fermentation. In 2016 these vineyard blocks yielded a blend of Viognier 54%, Marsanne 46%. These percentages will vary slightly depending on the fruit these blocks yield vintage to vintage. Our Troon Vineyard estate vineyard is located on the unique soils of the Kubli Bench, which is the second, higher and older bench of the Applegate River and we have given that name to this wine. The granitic soils of the Kubli Bench combined with our long, warm days and cool nights creates wines of great balance and refinement with bright, lifted aromatics.
The 2016 Kubli Bench Blanc, Estate Bottled, Applegate Valley is all about exotic textures and aromatics. Full and rich in the nose and on the palate, it is lifted by a bright acidity that amplifies the many layers in this complex wine.
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.
The marriage of Marsanne and Viognier is traditional in southern France, but this combination has found a unique and distinctive personality on the Kubli Bench of the Applegate Valley. Often these varieties can produce very soft wines, but on the gravel and granite in our vineyard block 12 both of these varieties have discovered their backbone in this zesty and structured wine named for the Kubli Bench soil that gives this wine its enchanting combination of richness and brightness. The rows of Marsanne and Viognier grow next to each other and are harvested at the same time then, as is always our preference, are co-fermented. This is an amazingly versatile wine that matches beautifully with everything from seafood to spicy Asian dishes. We recommending enjoying our Kubli Bench in its youth to enjoy the purity of its fresh fruit flavors.
As with all of our wines, our Estate Kubli Bench Blanc was crushed by foot, then fermented by our native, natural yeasts in small fermenters. No additives, including commercial yeasts, sulfur, tannins, enzymes, sugar or acids were added to the fermenters. It is bottled after aging in mature French Oak Burgundy barrels for six months.