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The four acres of Marsanne that contribute to this blend are planted on our estate in Sonoma Carneros (our Carneros vineyard is also situated in the Sonoma Coast AVA). The Roussanne is grown in our Sonoma Coast vineyard. This area is known for its cool and moderate temperatures. The fog intrudes, and lingers until noon on some summer days, providing an ideal growing environment for these exceptional Northern Rhône varietals.
Grapes are handpicked and de-stemmed then pumped directly to our tank press which gently squeezes the juice free of the skins and seeds. From there it is pumped to a settling tank where it is chilled to 55 degrees F then racked the next day. At this point the wine begins its conversion to the brightly flavorful white wine called Cline Marsanne Roussanne.
Marsanne and Roussanne are the Northern Rhone Valley’s two most important white wine grape varieties and are regularly blended together. There are less than 250 combined acres of these grapes in California making them a bit of a rarity.