We farm just four acres of Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc at Heart Hill Vineyard. From French the name of this blend translates to “Silhouette of the Heart” in reference to the fact that the three varietals in this blend grow on different edges of the vineyard (see a vineyard map here). Each vintage our winemaking team ferments each grape a bit differently and composes a final blend a few months after harvest.
These ferments include partial skin fermentation on the Marsanne, stainless steel barrels on the Grenache Blanc and co-ferments of Marsanne and Roussanne. From all of these experiments emerges the final blend, which was Marsanne dominant for the first time in 2016. The wine was transferred to a large demi-muid cask to age for over a year (click to see the actual cask). Silhouette du Coeur is one of the only wines that we put through extended barrel aging; the natural acidity and flavors hold up well and we’ve found that the additional time in barrel creates a gorgeous profile. 396 cases produced
49% Marsanne, 31% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc from Heart Hill Vineyard