Full and silky in body but also charmingly crisp ...
Full and silky in body but also charmingly crisp, Roussanne makes a stellar blending grape. Thought to be native to the Rhône Valley of France, and still predominantly grown there, it is responsible for some of the finest Northern Rhône white wines. Roussanne adds richness and acidity to Marsanne’s soft, fruitiness, making the age worthy and highly respected whites from the appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St.-Joseph. It has also earned approval as one of the white varieties for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
In the Glass
Persistent aromas of exotic herbal tea, a full body nearly as complex as a red wine, and distinct apricot and honey flavors make Roussanne unique. With age, these wines gain a more oily or glycerin texture.
Richer fish dishes such as salmon, lobster, crab or grilled shrimp work well with Roussanne and its blends. A meal of roast chicken with herbs and winter vegetables is also delicious. Stuffed butternut squash, vegetarian curry and baked brie with apricots are other ideas to pair with Roussanne based wines.
Roussanne takes its name from the French word “roux,” meaning rouge or red because of the grapes’ pink glow. In California, virtually all of the 339 acres of Roussanne come from true clones brought over by Tablas Creek and John Alban.
- Sauvignon Blanc487
- Other White Blends281
- Other White Wine244
- Pinot Gris/Grigio222
- Rhône White Blends94
- Bordeaux White Blends84
- Chenin Blanc74
- Gruner Veltliner43
- Pinot Blanc43
- Melon de Bourgogne9
- Grenache Blanc1
- Muller Thurgau1
Qupe Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Central Coast, California
Copain James Berry Vineyard Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Shannon Ridge Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Lake County, North Coast, California
L'Aventure Estate Roussane 2007Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Maison Bleue Winery Soleil Olsen Vineyard Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Epiphany Cellars by Fess Parker Camp Four Vineyard Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Tablas Creek Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Vie Winery Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Lake County, North Coast, California
Bonterra Organiclly Grown Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Mendocino, California
Qupe Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Roussanne 2007Roussanne from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
Mount Aukum Winery Roussanne 2007Roussanne from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California