Roussanne is a richly complex, white grape variety indigenous to the Rhône Valley of France. It is a difficult grape to grow because it is very susceptible to rot and mildew and ripens late. So difficult that there is less than 200 acres planted in the all of California. We are so taken with its haunting aromas and bold flavors that we planted eight acres in our vineyard with the Tablas clone in 1999. We planted another 2 acres in 2006.
After being hand harvested, this Roussanne was gently pressed and placed in French oak barrels to ferment. The wine was then aged "sur lie" or on the lees (yeast and solids) for 10 months, stirring each barrel regularly to enhance the rich, creamy mouth feel.
On the nose, aromas of apricots, figs, honey and spice fill the glass. A lingering finish has a touch of minerality, a signature characteristic of our vineyard. Enjoy with grilled halibut, lobster risotto or rosemary roasted chicken over the next five years.
"Initially this feels rich and hefty, the wine's flavors suppressed by the density of its texture. The weight lifts with air, allowing aromas of freshly cut wheat and spiced apples to bring out more definition in the glass. The components feel balanced, the wine's structure elegantly firm rather than massive. An impressive white built for the cellar."
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