Marsanne is a white grape varietal from the Rhone region of France, where is often blended with Roussanne. Our Marsanne comes from Bonofiglio Vineyard, owned by Glenn McGourty and his two brothers. This seven-acre organically farmed vineyard is located five miles north of the town of Hopland along the banks of the upper Russian River, and it provides ideal conditions for growing white Rhone varietals that need a long growing season to fully develop flavors and aromas while still retaining their natural acidity.
The 2013 harvest season followed the same pattern of excellent quality as the 2012 vintage. Winter brought with itself a vast amount of rain, followed by one of the driest springs and summers in a long time. Harvest commenced about two weeks earlier than average allowing for all grapes to be picked before the arrival of rain. In summary, 2013 was another amazing vintage, providing all elements to make outstanding wines with mature tannins and flavors and aromas that truly show a sense of place.
The nose displays notes of marzipan, almond and honeycomb with layers of fresh spring blossom in the background. The mouth shows upfront acidity that melts into a long lasting soft and silky finish.
Appellation: Mendocino County
Sub AVA: Mendocino
Year planted: 2000
Elevation: 560 feet
Exposure: Slight east to west slope
Orientation: North-west to south-east
Soil type: Russian River loam/Cole loam
Yield: 4 tons/acre
Harvest date: September 16, 2013
Fermentation: De-stemmed and berries lightly split into macro-bins. Juice allowed skin contact for 12 hours prior to pressing into a stainless steel tank for fermentation at 55ºF to dryness. No malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Aged in neutral French oak for five months with lees contact and stirred once a month to increase mouthfeel.
Cases produced: 123