Otherwise known as Garnacha Blanca, Grenache Blanc is full bodied wine grown mostly in Southern France and Spain. It is most often blended with crisper grapes, but will make meduim to full bodied varietal wine with the ability to show florals, ripe green fruits and minerality.
Martian Grenache Blanc can be a bit high maintenance. It likes our warmer vineyard but we watch it carefully for sunburn. It easily ripens and gives us, consistenlty, high quality grapes.
Super aromatic and fuller bodied, Viognier was close to extinction in the 1960s, but has enjoyed a revival and is now planted in every major wine region in the world. Despite that, it's most famous home is in the Northern Rhone Valley, specifically Condrieu, where it is now being made as an age worthy white wine with depth, acidity, and ripeness.
Apricots and steel are the traditional tasting notes, but it can often show a hint of honey. Many Cote-Rotie growers will add a small percentage of Viognier to their syrah as it lends its soft floral aromas to the wine.
Martian Viognier is a mid-ripening grape and enjoys the large dirunal shift that our vineyard experiences which helps it retain its acid and freshness.
Native to portugal, Albarino has found a home across the world. The best varietal examples combined both fruity and floral notes with bright acidity to balance the full body nature of Albarino.
Within our vineyards, Albarino enjoys our dry soils and creates a fruity & floral, medium bodied wine.
A Rhone White Blend with three of the players of Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, and Viognier. Grenache Blanc lends acidity and high ton green fruits. Clairette contributes a broadness to the wine and balance, while Viognier brings floral features and aromatics.
Banned by a Duke in Burgundy because he wanted Pinot Noir to reign supreme, he called Gamay "a bad and disloyal varietal" and demanded that it be ripped out immediately. Lucky for us, it found a home in Beaujolais where the Crus are making beautiful age worthy wines.
Here at Martian, Gamay is one of our first of the season to harvest. While many of our past bottlings have been in the carbonic style, like the winegrowers of beaujolais, we have come to LOVE gamay and future wines will be far more serious and elegant, showing what this "disloyal varietal" can really do.
This wine was produced by carbonic maceration creating rich aromas of cherry cola and cinnamon stick. Rich flavors in a light bodied wine.
Mourvedre, otherwise known as Monastrell, is a dark skinned, heat loving high quality grape known for its structured contribution to blends. The French have nicknamed it estrangle-chien or "dog strangler" due to its fierce tannins.
Native to Spain, it derives it name from the latin word for monastery suggesting it was likey first grown by monks.
Within the Martian Vineyard, it enjoys a long warm growing season and is tended carefully as it is very susceptible to drought.
The classic Souther Rhone Blend and major players in Spain, Garnacha and Monastrell; Grenache and Mourvedre each bring their own distinct notes.
Cannonau if you're Italian, Garnacha if you're Spanish, Grenache if you're French...a rose by any other name would smell as sweet...
Our Reserve Retrograde is a blend with Mourvedre as it's primary component.
Native to Spain, it derives it name from the Latin word for Monastery suggesting it was likely first grown by monks.
Spain is the Kingdom of Tempanillo; it is the most widely planted red grape and gets its name form the spanish word for early - as it's an earlier ripening grape than it's traditional blending counterparts.
In the Martian Vineyard, the tempranillo likes the warm growing season, but are susceptible to drought and prone to high yeilds. We ensure that yeilds remain low and the vines are appropriately stressed without depriving them of water to ensure ripeness, acidity, and flavor concentration.
Cabernet Franc, the papa of Cabernet Sauvignon, is normally lighter, more crisp, and much more aromatic than its progeny. Well suited to the Loire valley where it shines varietally, it was planted in Bordeaux as an insurance policy against the poor performance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The Martian Cabernet Franc loves our sandy soils and ripens easily with the long warm growing season decreasing the "green" notes while accentuating the savory notes.