Departing from the noble grape varieties provides many new and interesting experiences. The French have a tendency to blend this grape with many others including Marsanne and Viognier. Here we have a Roussanne as a varietal and made in a natural way, with as little intervention as possible. The wine is not filtered, giving it a fullness that is more noticeable here than in many white wines. Some sulphur dioxide is added at bottling for stability.
The appellation is northern Rhone and in the mid 19th century, its wines rivaled Hermitage. Rather than being a record of the influence of the terroir, this wine emphasizes the effect of winemaking and vineyard management.
Strong apricot, pear and floral notes meet and greet you. Noticeable is the bright gold color. Beeswax, cream, baked apple and honey also feature and these are representative of the grape. The wine is also harmonious, smooth, with a medium length finish. It is very well made.
Of note for our education: Along with the varietal aromas, this wine shows some ‘fat’ with a lower acidity. Although it still refreshes, when combined with rich foods it would not cut through the richness and leave you longing for more. It will appeal to those who like a lower acid. As a sipping wine, it can be tiring after a glass or two. I suggest you taste it along side the Creekside Cellars Roussanne (which we evaluated in a previous post). The styles of the two wines will come into strong contrast.
Emotional rating: Rewarding to those who love richness in a white wine.
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