…27% viognier, 25% grenache blanc, 25% marsanne, 22% roussanne. Pale straw-gold color; graham crackers and camellias, subtly earthy and perfumed; spare and elegant; hints of roasted lemons and pears, bare touch of spiced peach; very dry but juicy and flavorful, with scintillating acidity and chalky limestone elements; beautiful balance, tone and presence. Excellent. About $ 27.
…Stonewell and Bethany vineyards, this is textural wine, with flavours of pear and green apple, enhanced from partial barrel fermentation in French oak hogsheads. Extended lees contact has further contributed to the mouth-feel and structure of this wine.
Jérôme's senior white wine gives Hermitage Blanc a run for its money. Made from 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne, it has an impressive citric minerality to underwrite the honey, wax, almonds and lanoline - a classic white Rhône in other words!
…TheCellars MRV ($22) is a blend of Marsanne, , and , and tantalized my palate with interesting floral, peach, and apple tastes. The wine was crisp, clean and nicely balanced. Enjoyable on its own or would be excellent with food too. Only 400 cases were produced.
Irvine Vineyards is another example of a second career for the winery owners. Coming from a background of real estate development and investment, they originally purchased an 80 …
Variety: 60%, 20% , 20% roussanne
Price: $ 10.00
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Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.
It's a new wine to therange - a blend of ( 62%), ( 26%) and viognier, mostly grown in the and sub-regions of the (though the viognier is from the ).
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…2012 Spiral 36 ($28) is a blend of 50% Viognier, 30% Marsanne and 20% Roussane, and only 650 cases were produced. The wine spends about 3 months in French oak ( 80% neutral, 20% new), has an alcohol content of 13.5% and native yeasts are used. It was crisp and clean, with pleasant citrus, pineapple, and melon fruit flavors, as well as a nice richness on the palate.
The 2012 Marsanne Roussanne ($28) is a blend of 45% Marsanne and 44% Roussanne 55%, and only 125 …
…Pinot gris grapes account for 93 percent of the wine; blended are marsanne ( 2%), chenin blanc ( 2%), viognier ( 1.6%), roussanne ( 1%) and, rather incredibly, 0.4 percent chardonnay. I wonder how efficaciously the presence of less than half of a percent of chardonnay affects the wine, though my purpose is not to second-guess the winemaker, whose attention to detail I admire. (Actually that's not true; I second-guess winemakers all the time. No sense being a hypocrite.)
Eccoci Blanco 2011
Favorful wine with a deep gold color, chewy texture, and savory flavors like saffron, mushroom and East Indian spices. Crisp fry finish with a hint of bitter almonds. The medium tannins and excellent structure can stand up to cuisine such as salmon and chicken.