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Episode IX: Rich Whites

 


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Marsanne

Among the rich whites, Marsanne might just be my favorite. It’s a grape that gives rich, powerful, dry wines redolent of nut, earth and heathery honied tones that come with age. In general, Marsanne is rarely bottled on its own, needing some extra acid to keep things well-balanced, though varietal examples do exist.

Marsanne’s home is the northern Rhone Valley in France, where it is typically blended with a bit of Rousanne to add complexity and acidity. Marsanne is a unique character in more ways than one. Not only are these rich wines powerfully built with flavors of quince and apricot, but they go through what is known as a dumb phase. While this, in and of itself, is unusual for white wines, Marsanne is even more complicated, showing oxidized and meek aromas and flavors during its dumb phase before emerging after 10 or 12 years to reveal a leaner, more transparent and reinvigorated fruity wine. A remarkable transformation that moves aged Marsanne out of the rich white category.

So since we’re talking about rich whites, we might as well move on to…

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  • viognier?

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:58 PM


  • Snooth User: dyye
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    One of our favorites uses Marsanne for blending. Here in Washington Alexandria Nicole's Shepherds Mark From Prosser,Washington. It is a blend of Rousanne,Vionier and Marsanne.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM


  • how about petite manseng?

    Oct 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM


  • Excellent article. A few wines I need to try!
    I too enjoy the richness of Viognier! Satin Sheets for the tongue is what I call my favorite Viognier.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM


  • Snooth User: redwine89
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    Alexandria Nicole should get more credit than they do, their Viongier is beautiful, every wine I have tried I found a reason to fall in love.....

    Oct 17, 2011 at 3:58 PM


  • Snooth User: whauptman
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    A white wine that often gets overlooked is Albarino from northwest Spain. Fruity and weighty, I love the apple flavors that often come through. I drank a great deal of it while in Spain and can't understand why it is not more popular.

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:10 AM


  • Albarinos from NW Spain are deeelicious. They may be scarce as often hand picked on very hilly slopes, that make mechanising the grape collection too risky. Well said!
    If you ever go back and see Txakoli you might like that too, its more like a cider-ish vinho verde
    Others that are a little hard to find but usually excellent are Vermentino from Italy, Sardinia and Corsica, and Muscat wines, which go all the way from dry and spicy to Vin Doux/grains nobles sweeter styles, which often pair well with cheese. These are all aromatic and full wines that are unjustly overlooked IMHO.

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:41 AM


  • Snooth User: tlogue
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    why can't I get to the actual wine recommendation at the end of each section?

    Oct 18, 2011 at 8:36 PM


  • What wine recommendation is that?

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:02 AM


  • I thought Kerner was a recent (new) clone grape. Iit seems an odd choice as it is rarely seen on sale, compared to say Viognier, which is turning up everywhere, and is usually aromatic and high in alcohol

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:05 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I've included Viognier in the Aromatic Whites section of this series which can be found here \:http://www.snooth.com/articles/what...

    Yes Kerner is a relatively recent addition to the grape growers arsenal, having been released tot he market in only 1969 but how many of us have been drinking any of these wines from an earlier date? The point of these articles is to point people to grapes, common and uncommon, that might appeal to their palate.

    Oct 19, 2011 at 9:54 AM


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