Cave de Tain Nobles Rives, Marsanne 2014, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes, France
Tasting Note: If you’re a fan of viognier, this marsanne would be good to experience another Rhone white grape varietal that has similar charm.
Pale-lemon yellow in color this wine has an aromatic nose of peach stone fruit, grapefruit, pineapple and some notes of vanilla.
On the palate the dry, white marsanne is medium-plus in body and acidity with tartness showing on the attack through to the finish.
The aromas on the nose while seemingly strong are restrained on the palate with tartness showing the suggested fruits’ pre-ripened character.
The wine is relatively straightforward and pleasing to drink especially if you enjoy tartness and acidity in your wine as I do.
Bottle Note: 100% marsanne grapes grown on granite terraces in the Northern Rhone Valley. Very aromatic, crisp and supple on the palate, it is perfect as an aperitif and goes well with shellfish, grilled fish, cold buffets and light cheeses.
Importer: Saranty Imports, White Plains, New York
Tasting Date: July 27, 2016