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The 2017 Tablas Creek Vineyard Marsanne is Tablas Creek’s fifth varietal bottling of Marsanne, the noble white grape of France’s Hermitage appellation. We use most of our Marsanne in our Côtes de Tablas Blanc each year. However, in 2017 we felt that the Marsanne was so complete and compelling, and so representative of the Marsanne grape, that we selected out two lots for a single-varietal bottling.
The 2017 Marsanne has a pretty, exotic nose of lychee, honeysuckle, lemongrass and wet rocks. Soft and inviting on the palate, the wine shows flavors of melon, saline minerality, tarragon, and honey, with a little burst of lemon zest that keeps the long, gentle finish clean and fresh. It should drink well for at least the next five years, likely longer.
- 100% Marsanne
- 12.2% Alcohol by Volume
- 460 Cases Produced
The grapes for our 2017 Marsanne were grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.
The 2017 vintage saw our drought end with a bang, as we received 43 inches of rain and saw our rainiest month ever in January. The wet soils delayed budbreak to a normal time frame, and produced such a healthy vineyard that we saw canopy sizes and cane lengths we hadn’t seen in years. The summer began relatively cool, but was punctuated by two heat spikes, one in early July and the other in late August, that accelerated ripening and produced intense flavors. The resulting vintage shows the health of the vines with a combination of concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing powerful fruit.
The Marsanne was whole cluster pressed, and fermented in a mix of stainless steel (to emphasize its clean crisp flavors and minerality) and foudre (to build body and richness). Only native yeasts were used. After fermentation, the wine was racked and blended, and bottled in July 2018. The wine underwent only a light cold stabilization before bottling.