Getting bored with Chardonnay? Check out Washington State’s emerging Northern Rhone white varietals.
Harvested 9/27/2017 Brix: 23.3, pH: 3.49, TA: .51
“Viognier wines tend towards honeyed lushness, intriguing floral aromas, and rich texture.” – GuildSomm
“Most loved for its perfumed aromas of peach, tangerine and honeysuckle, Viognier can also be oak-aged to add a rich creamy taste with hints of vanilla.” – Wine Folly
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Harvested 9/19/2016 Brix: 22.2 pH: 3.35
“Roussanne’s chief attribute is it’s
haunting aroma, something akin to a particularly fresh herb tea, together with acidity that allows it to age gracefully.” – The Oxford Companion to Wine
“Roussanne adds acidity, waxy minerality to Marsanne’s broader, oily texture and marzipan character.” – GuildSomm
“The big surprise is Roussanne, such purity, almost a crystalline nature to the Roussanne grown here (Washington).” Bob Betz, Master of Wine
Harvested 9/27/2017 Brix: 20.8, pH: 3.69, TA: .39
“Marsanne is a light straw color, almost
green, with moderate acidity and excellent mid-palate richness. Its mineral flavors and aromas, and its low alcohol, make it an ideal blending grape. The varietal has been historically blended with Roussanne, where it tones down the viscosity and acidity of Roussanne and provides a more complex flavor. ” – Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Winery
“White Hermitage is the first wine of the world without a single exception.” – Thomas Jefferson
Cofermenting with Syrah
Most of the world’s greatest Syrah based wines come from the Northern Rhone and most of those Syrahs are cofermented with white grapes. This has the counter-intuitive effect of stabilizing color and increasing freshness. Here are the legal limits for blending white grapes in Northern Rhone AOC red wines.
- Cote-Rotie – Up to 20% Viognier.
- Crozes- Hermitage – Up to 20% Marsanne and Roussanne.
- Hermitage – Up to 20% Marsanne and Roussanne .
- St. Joseph – Up to 10% Marsanne and Roussane.