2015 Qupé Sawyer Lindquist Vyd Marsanne
This wine is 100% Marsanne from the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the Edna Valley. This vineyard is Demeter Certified Biodynamic and gives us some of the very best grapes we work with each year. We’ve been making Marsanne from the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos since 1987, which is a warmer site, meaning we have to pick Marsanne at lower sugar to preserve the acidity. In this cool Edna Valley site though, we can let the grapes get a little riper, yielding a richer, more complex wine.
2015 was a warmer than normal vintage, and these grapes were harvested about 3 weeks earlier than normal on September 9th at 23.1° brix, 3.38 pH and 6.7 acidity.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed, then chilled and settled in tank for 48 hours, then racked into neutral French oak barrels for fermentation. Unlike Roussanne (or Chardonnay and Viognier for that matter), Marsanne doesn’t benefit from the lees. So settling and racking fairly clear is an important step. It was fermented with native yeast, went through full malolactic fermentation, and was aged in barrel for 8 months.
This is a beautiful Marsanne, with classic wet stone and peach pit aromas. Rich on the palate, but still fairly light on its feet, this wine is perfect for fuller flavored seafood. One of the coolest things about Marsanne is how well it ages. I’ve got Marsanne’s from the Ibarra-Young Vineyard dating back to the early 1990’s that are still going strong! I expect this wine will age just as well.
Bob Lindquist, July 2016
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Score 91/Cellar Selection: "Bob Lindquist may be the only winemaker in California who knows how to make Marsanne in a compelling way, and his only grow more fascinating with each passing vintage. This shows dried apple, light melon, sweet chamomile and tangy lime juice on the nose. Racy acidity and tactile tension show on the palate, with light stone fruit and citrus flavors that will intensify with time in bottle. Drink 2018–2030."