Marilyn Remark

Published May 11, 2014

Any coastal wine village is naturally going to be over saturated with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine tasting rooms. Once you’ve had your fill, seek out the tasting room that’s doing things a little differently, bringing a bigger variety of varietals to the area.

Marilyn Remark is serving Rhone wines from their tasting room in Carmel Valley Village. The strong and sensuous white Rhone grapes make a wonderfully refreshing alternative to Chardonnay. Their Marsanne has a very melon flavor and texture with the supple body of butter and cream. A Viognier has its hallmark floral fragrance and melon fruit with a surprisingly acidic lemon curd layer that balances its richness. But the rose of Grenache is really a star for any food pairing. Its crisp strawberry and red cherry fruit flavors are balanced by a nice layer of acidity with a little brambly and vanilla finish. It will play well with any picnic.

Their GSP is an unusual blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Petite Sirah has an amazing balance of the best of each grape. The Grenache is the first character you taste because of its bright red cherry and earth. Then, Syrah’s tart cherry and smoke hit you with Petite Sirah’s big bold body and blueberry lengthening the finish without overwhelming the wine with tannins thanks to the other two grapes. Plenty of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts make this the wine to try here or even the reason to stop at Marilyn Remark.

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