2006 Sine Qua Non "Mr. K Straw Man" Marsanne Vin de Paille (375ml)

SKU #1070585 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Mr. K The Strawman Marsanne Vin de Paille is 100% Marsanne from the Beckmen Vineyard that boasts 240 grams of residual sugar per liter. A medium gold-colored effort, it reveals more marmalade notes interwoven with notions of maple syrup, honeysuckle, and exotic tropical fruits. While untuously-textured with remarkable sweetness, it is not cloying because of the fresh acids. I have no idea how long these wines will last, but they will undoubtedly keep for many years. (RP)  (8/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep gold. Powerful pit fruit and citrus marmalade on the nose, with a strong note of mostarda adding urgency and spice. The mostarda quality repeats on the palate, which features sweet candied tangerine and apricot marmalade flavors and a hint of smoky herbs. Extremely complex sweet wine with strong finishing clarity, spiciness and length. (JR)  (11/2009)

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- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.

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