Marsanne and Roussane are white grapes grown throughout the Rhóne region of France, and they constitute a splendid wine from the northern sector called Hermitage Blanc. Less than 250 acres are planted in California, and Cline Cellars produces a stunner grown in the Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA). Less than 900 cases were made in 2010, and I highly recommend you try it.
2010 Cline Cellars Marsanne Rousanne, Sonoma Coast $16 srp
Burnished golden color. Lemon peel, quince and apricot on the vibrant, shimmering nose. Brisk flavors with a nice chalky edge and clean refreshment on the finish. Wonderfully alive, piquant and refreshingly different. (71% Marsanne, 29% Roussanne) Try with shellfish, sushi or glazed chicken.