Mary Ann, Marsanne! Down by the seaside with a drink in her hand…all the little wine bloggers love Mary Ann! Here in the Bay Area, we’re experiencing an odd sort of Summer in Winter. The Giants won the series, and it was 76 in San Francisco on November 2nd. This summer weather has be drinking more white wines again, so I thought it would be a great time to finsih this post from earlier this year. Marsanne is one of my favorite white wines these days. While I do occasionally like a Chardonnay, it has be a particular style, so I tend to lean towards alternative white wines, or more steely, less oaked Chardonnay (think some delicious Pouilly-Fuissé). Marsanne is one of the 22 Rhône grapes, and is most often blended with another beauty – Rousanne. It’s increasing popularity in the U.S. makes me smile! This great example comes from one of my favorite small wineries in northern Calfiornia, Olson Ogden, who make limited production wines that really suit my style. I am a particular fan of the syrah, though I am almost through the case I had squirreled away last year. This Marsanne tasted of marzipan, lemon, grapefruit and orange pith – you know, that slight bitterness from the white part (though not in a bad way). I also found loads of pear, and creamy stone fruit complimented with a nicely balanced acidity and a touch of honeysuckle on the nose. The 17 months in stainless steel and 28% new French oak give it a nice touch of oak without overpowering it. It’s creamy and rich but not an oak monster. It’s a bit pricy for an everyday white at $35, but this is a MUST BUY if you like whites and wantt o venture out of the Chard / Sav Blanc superhighway. But don’t just take MY word for it! My friends at NectarWine, WinePost and NorCal wine also enjoyed this wine immensely. Give it a try, and for those winter lovers, this wine goes amazingly well with all things butternut as well as a nicely herb rubbed roasted chicken. Happy drinking! THis wine was graciously provided by Olson Ogden. Probably because I keep gusying about thier syrah. BUt who cares! IT’s good!