Roussanne

Rousanne

Increasingly popular in the Central Coast of California for blending purposes and as a varietal, Roussanne is a trendy, white Rhône grape. In France it is often blended with Marsanne, and is cultivated in Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, as well as the Rhone. With inconsistent yields, poor resistance to winds, and its susceptibility to powdery mildew and rot, Roussanne had almost disappeared from the northern Rhône until superior clones were developed. Now, it is only one of two vine varieties permitted in the white versions of the northern Rhône’s red wine appellations. In the southern Rhône, it is only one of four grape varieties permitted in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Roussanne’s main asset is its distinctive aroma, along with an acidity which helps it to age better than its partner Marsanne. Roussanne tends to ripen late and can benefit from oak ageing.

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  • Sitting at the kitchen table after a long day of travel and sorting through my ... blend (Grenache Blanc and Roussanne).  All were well made but nothing really rung my bell. We then walked across the room to the Carina tasting bar. They produce mainly Rhone style wines, a couple 2011 GSMs, a viognier, a 2009 syrah and our first zin of the trip... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara...


  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Maybe a tad darker DM but there was always curtains over the window before. Now ... case of Derby 15 White Blend Roussanne Marsanne a few years back that I snagged from LastBottle for like $12per and they were really enjoyable.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Went to Murphys, CA today for lunch, and ended up with a few bottles of ... ... ... and wanted to taste some Roussanne, but they were sold out.  Their white Rhone blend was very good- the 2013 Cotes du Calaveras Blanc  (42% Marsanne, 32% Viognier, 23% Roussanne, and 3% Grenache Blanc).  Thought of you, Vin0Vin0 when tasting this:-)But it's COL... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Abbotts & Delaunay Languedoc Reserve 2013

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    This Languedoc white leans on the aromatic varietal Vermentino for backbone and ... tea flavours associated with Roussanne and Marsanne along with greater viscosity and mouth-feel than Vermentino alone can provide. Quite thirst-quenching and soft. Also good value. 86 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2014

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    The 2014 vintage Trebella won triple platinum in its home land and justly so... ... oak overlay on well-ripened Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne with typical Tisane (Herb tea) floral notes on the nose in addition to cake spice. Entry is warm (14% alcohol) and peach-like with a zesty, spicy and medium finish. More dense and less thirst-quenchi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Caliza Sidekick Paso Robles 2013

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    A fair bit of vanilla and hazelnuts on the nose with some honey and gooseberry. Smooth and full mouthfeel with a rich, nutty profile showing the clean fruit underneath and a touch of honey and butter. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... ... Viognier, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc) which come from the same plot, planted side by side in deep Villafranchien soil dotted with the large, rounded pebbles (galets roulés) so typical of this area. Made in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine


  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... blend with Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier), with Dubliner Irish Cheddar Cheese and Violet Flower Jam.Frank Morgan, Drink What You LikeDifficult to pick just one white and one red wine of the week. However, if pressed, my favorite red: 2013 Stampede Vineyard Zinfa... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future


  • There's a new crop of wines popping up in the southern reaches of the ... ... chenin blanc, viognier, and roussanne from seven vineyards,” Wong wrote. “Restrained lime, citrus, floral, grapefruit, mineral. Medium body, complex, angular and elegant with a very long finish.”Wong' second wine was Kershaw Elgin's 2012 Syrah, which  was a “very ele... Read More

    From the article Something Old, Something New: South Africa Winemakers Fusing Two


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