Tuesday, September 9, 2008

1st Estate Pick at Our Home Ranch

It may have only been 6:10 on a chilly (48 degrees) foggy September morning, but there was great excitement in the air! This was going to be our first grape harvest from our Edward Sellers Estate Vineyard in Paso Robles. The three of us (Ed, Dani & pup Cooper) were excited…today we were picking Marsanne!

In 2005, after much analysis, Amy Butler, our winemaker, and I went about the task of laying out the vineyard to plant our six Rhône varietals, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and today’s pick, Marsanne. We selected a perfect location in a back block of our property where the soil was rich in limestone to plant our one and one-half acres of Marsanne. After three years of tending our new vines, watering, pruning, training and praying to “Mother Nature”, it was now time to reap a little “fruits of our long labor”! We may have only picked ¾ of a ton… not a lot in the great scheme of things, but an important beginning to our Estate Wine program. This fruit will yield great softness and rich texture, with those slight flavor hints of mineral, stone fruits, almond and tuberose. This will make a stellar addition to our already elegant Blanc du Rhône.

If you are not familiar with Marsanne, it is a white grape varietal, most commonly found in the northern Rhône Valley of France, where it is often blended with Roussanne, another white Rhône grape. It is the predominate variety used in the production of the famous white Crozes-Hermitage and the sparkling and still St. Péray white wines. Marsanne is not permitted in the white Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines found in the southern Rhône Valley, although it is one of the eight white varieties permitted in the Rhône Valley’s Côtes du Rhône. The seven other white varietals are Bourboulenc, Clairette Blanche, Grenache Blanc, Muscat Blanc, Picardan, Roussanne, and Viognier.

1 comment:

JC said...

Grapes aren't good for dogs