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2021 Marsanne Bottle

2021 Marsanne

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The 2021 Tablas Creek Vineyard Marsanne is Tablas Creek’s ninth varietal bottling of Marsanne, best known from the northern Rhone's Hermitage appellation, where it is renowned for making some of the world's most age-worthy white wines. We picked our Marsanne in mid-September with precise, expressive flavors, and selected the varietal bottling from a single lot with unusually good acids.

Tasting Notes

A vibrant nose of lychee, wildflower honey, white tea, and lemongrass. The mouth is soft and lovely with flavors of white peach and honeydew melon, chamomile and Meyer lemon pith. The finish is clean and long, with fresh pear and clean straw notes, and a little pithy bite. Appealing now, but it should evolve in an interesting way for a decade at least.

Technical Details


  • Adelaida District Paso Robles

Technical Notes

  • 12.0% Alcohol by Volume
  • 230 Cases Produced


  • 100% Marsanne


  • roc-silver
  • ccof-organic

Recipes & Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Mussels Marinière
  • Green salads with avocado and citrus dressing
  • Scallops
  • Light-fleshed fish (halibut, sole) with tropical salsa

Production Notes

The grapes for our 2021 Marsanne were grown on Regenerative Organic Certified™ and biodynamic estate vineyard.

The 2021 vintage came after a chilly, relatively dry winter, the exception being a single storm that dropped more than a foot of rain on us in late January. The cold, dry winter produced a fruit set with smaller clusters and smaller berries, and yields were down about 25% compared to our average. The growing season was ideal, with each hot stretch followed by a cool period that allowed the vines to recover, and that combined with the low yields to produce some of our most intense fruit ever and our highest average acids since the chilly 2011 vintage. We believe that 2021 has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster year.

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. We fermented it in 600-gallon foudres for a balance of richness and brightness, then chose the lots for our varietal bottling, returned it to large wood for a few more months, and bottled it in June 2022.