Wine is like music: we need both loud and soft, fast and slow, soft and dramatic, to create interest. Life, nor music, nor wine should be all the same. We’ve evaluated some powerful wines. My personal favorite is “King Cab.” But some foods and occasions call for a delicate wine, and we focus on one in that category today: Roussanne.
This grape is now all over the world. Rhone is its home and it is their expression of this grape to which all other Roussannes are compared. Delicate, refined, and an exciting pleasure to all white wine lovers. It can even court a red wine drinker successfully. It is difficult to ripen, but not here in Colorado if Creekside Cellar’s version is any indication.
Apple, pear, lime, and apricot spring from Creekside’s 2015 Roussanne. Although not noted for its full body, this Roussanne is creamy, leaving the mouth coated and gently lubricated with the above flavors that will not quickly lose their appeal. True, the alcohol is not that high (13.7%) and the wine’s legs wash down the glass a little too quickly. But who cares for what the eye detects when the mouthfeel is so luscious. This is a true sipping wine to be served for its aromatic qualities and its pleasurable fruit and creamy effects.
Learn from this wine the real meaning of delicate. No rough edges appear. The finish, its last impression, softly fades with a touch of acid bringing its silkiness and soothing texture to life — something winemaker Michelle Cleveland is very conscious of and something much needed in Colorado, where the heat can destroy the possibilities of a delicate grape, stripping it of its acid.
The flavors in a delicate wine are transparent. You can taste through them to layers underneath. No muddiness should be experienced in a delicate wine and there is none here. The texture is silky, — oh so soft — brushing your palate with a gossamer touch. Each flavor is like a sheer fabric or like the gossamer wings of a butterfly: fine and oh, so engaging to the senses. Does it need to be blended with Marsanne for more body? Not in my books. This wine should continue to brandish its own richness and delicacy. It does not need the traditional treatment of the Rhone. The New World has discovered its appeal. Do yourself a favor.
Emotional appeal: increasing with each sip.
Available from the winery.