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.
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Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
Domaine Sainte Rose Barrel Selection Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Languedoc, South of France, France
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Fausse Piste L'Ortolan Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Columbia Valley, Washington
Hagafen Ripken Vineyard Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Lodi, California
Clos Solene Essence de Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Terre Rouge Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Sierra Foothills, California
Cass Winery Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Rustenberg Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vie Winery Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Lake County, North Coast, California
Tablas Creek Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Sierra Vista Roussanne 2011Roussanne from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
DeLille Doyenne Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
J. Scott Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Columbia Valley, Washington
Black Sheep Finds Holus Bolus Blanc 2011Roussanne from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
Donkey & Goat Stone Crusher Roussanne 2011Roussanne from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Casque Wines Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
Jamsheed Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Australia
Kinero Cellars Rustler James Berry Vineyard Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Truchard Estate Roussanne 2011Roussanne from Carneros, California