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McDowell Marsanne 1998

Marsanne from North Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    1998 was a long, cool growing season, therefore harvest was later than usual. This provided extended "hang-time" which created maximum varietal expression and complexity. Both the Marsanne and Roussanne were fermented in stainless steel tanks. The Marsanne was then barrel aged for 6-8 weeks in 2-year-old, medium toast Radoux American and French oak barrels. The Marsanne underwent partial malo-lactic fermentation. Tasting Notes: This is a luscious wine, with bright varietal flavors of peaches and apricots underscored by subtle sweet oak spice. Aromas of apricots and wonderful floral notes of honeysuckle echo the flavors. The mouthfeel is round and soft, with a long finish that makes it a perfect wine for rich seafood dishes, and pork or poultry dishes with citrus flavors.

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    McDowell Valley Vineyards

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    McDowell Valley Vineyards, North Coast, California
    Nestled in the Mayacamas Mountains of Southeastern Mendocino County, McDowell Valley Vineyards was established in 1970. Their vineyard has one of the longest records of continuous wine grape production in California. Syrah and Grenache had been planted there for almost a century, when the Buckman family planted Syrah and Grenache wine in the McDowell Valley. Today, of the 330 acres of grapes planted in the 500-acre valley, nearly a third are dedicated to Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. At present, McDowell is a renowned producer of Rhone varietals wines, utilizing the grapes from this original vineyards, which were replanted in 1948 using the same genetic material. Bill Crawford, owner and winemaker, has spent the last 30 years at McDowell Valley working in every phase of the operation.

    North Coast

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    Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

    Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

    Marsanne

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    One of the star whites of the Rhone River Valley and ubiquitous throughout southern France, historically vignerons have favored Marsanne for its hardy and productive vines. But that doesn’t mean it’s merely a workhorse variety. It actually produces some of the finest and most age-worthy whites available in the world today. Marsanne can make a fruity and delicious single varietal wine as well as a serious, full-bodied version with amazing aging potential. Its best examples come from the northern Rhone appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St. Joseph, where it can be also be blended with Roussanne. Throughout the south of France it also blends well with Viognier, Rolle and even Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    Marsanne has a great deal of depth and texture. Common characteristics include sweet pear, white peach, roasted nuts, white flowers and spice. When aged well it can have an attractive, silky and somewhat oily texture.

    Perfect Pairings

    Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, grilled shrimp, any pork, chicken or veal will be delicious with Marsanne or Marsanne blends. You can also try it with cream sauces and spicy dishes!

    Sommelier Secret

    Some of the oldest Marsanne vines in the entire world exist not in France but in Australia, in the Victoria region (in southeast Australia where the climate is relatively cool). Settlers called the grape “white Hermitage” and planted it in the mid to late 1800s.

    CPA52357_1998 Item# 12446