Marsanne is a white wine variety from the Rhone Valley in France. In Switzerland and Savoie, Marsanne is sometimes referred to as “Ermitage”. This is due to the ability to produce some of the most famous white wines of Hermitage. Marsanne has been adopted and grown successfully in Australia, and the United States. Marsanne is full bodied with excellent weight and structure, however it can struggle to produce good acidity in warm climates. In cooler climates, Marsanne will shine and produce complex wine worthy of age. Marsanne will have a light straw color with hints of gold and green. On the nose, Marsanne will allow for an earthy and mineral tone with characteristics of honeysuckle and melon. When aged, Marsanne becomes a rich amber color with nut and orange marmalade flavor. Marsanne has the potential to age for up to 15 years. Marsanne is often blended with more aromatic varieties such as Roussanne and Clairette in northern Rhone. When paired with Roussanne, Marsanne produces the sparkling wine, Saint-Peray. In Languedoc, Marsanne is blended Viognier and Rolle.
Made from 50% Marsanne and 50% Roussanne
Johann Michel Saint Peray Blanc has a shining golden yellow color.
The wine is aromatic with white flowers such as acacia and honeysuckle. In the mouth, you will find some lanolin flavors as well as apricot and yellow ripe peach.
The finish is long, delicate and balanced.
It is waxy and very White Burgundy like.
Average age of the vines is 15 years old.
Johann Michel owns 0.5 hectare (1.24 acre) of Saint Peray.
Dark and chocolate, spiced with pretty notes of allspice and clove, this wine is round and rich, bursting with ripe berries, combined with an earthy complexity and a velvety finish.
Made from 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc
The wine spent 22 months on 75% new French oak with the remaining 25% second vintage French oak. Select barrels from the best forests of Taransaud, Boutes, Quintessance, and Vicard cooperages.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Cabernet Franc (30%) and Merlot, this wine seems a little green out of the gate, with aromas of herbs, cocoa, vanilla, black licorice, woodspice and black fruit. The fruit flavors display the warmth of this region, with the tannins providing some heft, stretching out over time. - Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
Tamarack Cellars’ 2011 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Reserve is an outstanding blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months (each variety is kept separate until 12 months after the harvest) in 50% new and 50% once-used French oak. Classically styled, with lots of smoke tobacco, licorice and blackcurrant aromas and flavors, it has everything in the right place, in the right proportions, and is incredibly enjoyable to drink. Enjoy this medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, balanced beauty over the coming decade, although it will probably last longer. - Robert Parker Wine Advocate 91 Points
Long Shadows Chester Kidder is made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah and 15% Petit Verdot
Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his mother, Elizabeth Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder. He selected Long Shadows' director of winemaking and viticulture, Gilles Nicault, to craft this New World blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other classic Bordeaux varieties.
Select Cabernet Sauvignon lots underwent an extended maceration of 40 days to produce supple yet firm tannins that stand up to 30 months of barrel aging in tight-grained French oak barrels (85% new). The extra time in barrel helped to integrate the fruit, enhance the mid-palate with an extra layer of complexity, and provide an appealing earthiness to the finish.