Southern Oregon winemaker Steve Hall develops this for the Martin family, which markets this unique blend by using the French term for “long rifle” – a reference to the weapon of choice by pioneering cowboys. While it leads with the Italian grape Vermentino (38%), there’s some Rhône Valley influence of Viognier (33%) and Marsanne (27%) with a fanciful touch of Early Muscat (2%). It opens with baked pear aromas joined by honey and cinnamon on toast. There’s a brisk and briny approach that hints of Muscadet, supported by apricot, melon, lemongrass and jicama. Pair this with crab and grilled shrimp.
Production: 143 cases
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