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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  • Cape Mentelle White Rhone Blend Margaret River Marsanne Roussanne 2007


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    Wine review by Debra Meiburg MW

  • Stolpman Roussanne Santa Ynez Valley l'Avion 2008


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    Wine review by tbclevey

  • Dessert wines rarely seem to get their due. The idea of finishing one’s ... ... Cellars Late Harvest Roussanne Columbia Valley 11.5%This is a wine that grows on you. The nose is admittedly off-putting early on, as much for its distinct aromas as for its intensity. But it is a wine that draws you in with its complexity and balance -- each sip ... Read More

    From the article 7 Sweet Dessert Wines

  • Patterson Cellars Roussanne Late Harvest Columbia Valley 2009


    What a weird aroma! Tar and cheese with maybe a bit of honey. Very funky but it kind of grew on me. Very sweet though and much spicer and sweeter on the palate than I imagined. Lemon curd and warming alcohol make this an extremely interesting find. Definitely enjoyed drinking this one. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • My Cali Wine Education is starting to take shape and I read with great interest the Cali Natives musings on what is good bad and indifferent about Cali Wines.I want to create an bit of a database of Cali Wines - but not all and sundry so I am asking for your top 3 as set out below, in choosing your top 3, I would value your assessment based on t... Read More

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  • Perrin "La Vieille Ferme" 2009


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    Wine review by NoLaDan

  • Domaine Engel Vins Dalsace Pinot Noir Tradition Rosé 2008

    Snoothrank: Roussanne was superb; coupling a wonderful textural quality with a rich softness and long lasting finish. There has been a little oak aging I think with some lees stirring to add to the complexity Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Atrea Roussanne the Choir Lakeview Vineyards United States California Mendocino County White 2010


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    Wine review by nonfamous

  • The Southern Rhône is dominated by appellations that use a blend of ... ... of ... and white wines from Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. Sometimes exotic wines, but there's only one way to know: read the label and taste the wines Read More

    From the article How to Read a Wine Label - Southern Rhone

  • does anyone know of a reasonable spicey wine for autumn? I've heard Beringer makes a 'wirches brew' but can't find it anywhere....any one?   Read More

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