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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  •  GREGT: The Texas High Plains AVA are where the grapes for most of these ... ... made two of the best Roussanne's  - Kim McPherson.Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA wineries making wine but from High Plains fruit.&nbs Read More

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  • Green?The antithesis of wine country!NG - are you going to OT's Syrah event? Please say yes. Read More

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  • Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA wineries making wine but from High Plains fruit.Ahh.   Thanks for the clarification, Achalk.  I've only been to Texas once, but had a great time.GregT- No, I will not be at the Syrah event.  I was not invited.  JUST KIDDING!!  Seriously, I don't rea... Read More

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  • The Hill Country of Texas actually gets a lot of rain, and is gorgeous.  I visited a friend in Austin and was surprised to find everything green.  We ventured out to Fredricksburg, TX, through green, rolling hills in October.  This was back in 2003, and Fredricksburg did have some tasting rooms then.  I only remember tasting Syrah... no whites. ... Read More

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  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a lot more humid than anywhere in France and it's also a lot farther south in terms of latitude. In fact, most of it is even south of Spain. So why not look at grapes from southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is ... Read More

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  • Very interesting.  Thanks for the update.  I don't think I have ever seen a Texas wine on the shelf of any local retail store, but maybe that will change. Read More

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  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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  • Chateau Unang 'La Gardy ' Ventoux 2007

    Snoothrank:

    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... a blend of 94% syrah and 6% roussanne,an unusual combination and spent 12 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it. I would describe it as fresh with a blackcurrant and cherry style fruit and a slight spicy or peppery afterta... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Anaba Alder Springs Vyd Mendocino 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Great Surprise, even more so because I cannot remember how I received this Wine. Lovely, well rounded and big and silky in the mouth. Great blend of stone fruit, a hint of smoke, some oak, then - a swelling sweet cream with just a bit of vanilla taste...lingering on and on. Had this alone, but suspect it would pair perfectly with any number of ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cousino Macul Cab Sauv 2012

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    Interesting Maipo white made from Sauvignon Gris which is a clonal mutation of ... bit of perfume similar to a roussanne but lighter. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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