Marsanne

The Grape

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. 

The Wine

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.

Perfect Pairings

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.

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2014 Troon Blue Label Longue Carabine, Applegate Valley
$ 29.00

92 Points Highly Recommended - The National Wine Review

93 Points - James Melendez

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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.

Wine Information

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

Acid:                      5.47

PH:                        3.58

Aging:                    7 months in mature French Oak

Residual Sugar:     2.8

Alcohol:                 12.5%

Bottling Date:        5/15/2015

2015 Ascension Silver Blanc
$ 36.00

Double Gold - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal – 2016 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

Gold Medal / 90 Points – 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition

Gold Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal / 92 Points - 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Silver Medal / 89 points - 2016 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes 

Our 2015 Silver white blend has a beautiful, luminous golden shimmer, followed by a nose of rich aromatics of pear, orange blossom, white peach, Meyers lemon, and Plumeria blossoms. The palate is laced with rich mineral flavors of juicy citrus, Asian pear, peach and crisp Gala apples; a seductive, balanced acidity gives this wine a lingering finish that pulls you back for more.
Pair this wine with light to medium body cheeses, seafood, shellfish, oven-roasted chicken, grilled vegetables and sunsets.
Composition: 36% Marsanne / 33% Roussanne / 25% Chardonnay / 6% Viognier
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard (Rhone Varietals) / Castoro Cellars (Chardonnay)
AVA: Paso Robles AVA
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production 465 cases 

2016 Troon Blue Label Vermentino Cuvée Rolle, Applegate Valley
$ 20.00

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.