2010 Postcard From Morocco
Proprietary White Wine
(Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, Chardonnay)
When I was a kid our family once went on a winter trip to north Africa and what was then the epitome of an exotic place for a 12-year old German boy, chilled to the bones from months of damp, gray winter. We finally arrived – after flight delays in Munich due to a snowstorm, and more delays in Tunisia (evidently due to a sandstorm) – around midnight. The first thing that hit the young German boy as he exited the old DC-9 (or DC-whatever – it was old) was the warm breeze heavy with the intoxicating scents of the abundant blood orange blossoms and night jasmine planted there. This wine is as close to that experience as it gets (and the experience is probably at least 29.7% responsible for the choice of my current profession and passion for things that smell great…especially at night)
The wine is a product of the first of several new vineyard blocks we planted in 2006/07, this one at John O’Donnel’sbeautiful Watch Hill Vineyard – a beautiful hilltop block planted mostly to Roussanneand lesser percentages of Marsanneand Viognier. (Full disclosure: a little bit of Bien NacidoChardonnay also snuck its way into this wine - but, hey that’s OK, this is Sanguis - everything goes). [220 six-pack cases produced from 3.5 acres]
The Rhone Review
A full-bore, yet thrillingly put together white, the 2010 Sanguis Postcard from Morocco is a blend of 52% Roussanne, 31% Viognier, 9% Marsanne, and 8% Chardonnay that saw a fair bet of lees contact and was aged for 17 months in older barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Coming from miniscule yields of 0.4-1.1 tons/acre, it displays a rich, unctuous profile of ripe peach and apricot fruit that‟s laced with copious amount of orange blossoms, honeysuckle, and vanilla custard like aromas on the nose. Despite being rich and intense, there‟s still remarkable freshness on both the nose and palate, with the wine carrying a full-bodied, rich mouth feel, superb concentration (think a great northern Rhone White here), notable tannin structure, and a heady, long finish. This is not a wine for a hot summer day and deserves a classy meal. It should shine for at least 2-3 years.