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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  • Hey all. I'm a wine reviewer, and I just launched an article on some pretty great Rhone blends from Calcareous Vineyards, out of Paso Robles. Plus, I'm going to be attending a Rhone Rangers tasting in a couple of days, so I've got the region on my mind. What are some of your favorite Rhone grapes, regions (New or Old World), and producers? This ... Read More

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  • Sanford Flor de Campo 2007


    This magnificent white is a Rhone-ranger blend of Roussanne and Viognier, and it shows both off beautifully. Lovely nose of honeysuckle, peaches, apricots, and a myriad of spices. Despite the gracefulness of the aromas, the fruit flavors tweaking the taste buds are remarkably rich and forceful. Yet the wine does not feel heavy or overdone in any... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • Perrin "La Vieille Ferme" 2009


    My Rating 83. This wine is a simple wine in the tradition of the southern Rhone Region. A blend of four different wines.The nose is medium berry very long. The taste is light with neither an objectional taste nor a interesting flavour.This is good for a garden party on a hot afternoon. Don't invite a wine lover he midgt not like it.At $ 11 for a... Read More

    Wine review by Wolle

  • Lionheart Wines White Rhone Blend Russian River Valley Saralee's Vineyard 2007


    Excellent California white rhone, made in a rhone style with a touch of California terroir. Would pair well with Summer outdoor cuisine, e.g. seafood, avocado on crackers, lime chicken. Pop and pour. Tested at 58 deg F. Improved with air time. Nose of creamy lemon, lime and mineral. In the mouth has a round, smooth, and creamy feel as it c... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Twisted Tree Vineyards White Rhone Blend Marsanne Roussanne 2009


    This Lake Osoyoos white has a nose of stewed fruit such as apricots, peaches, ... of these grapes (especially Roussanne) know well; there is more stone fruit and that mystifying yet enticing orange Pekoe tea on the palate. This wine is a match for any but the best Rhone whites. And bravo on the price to Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Help!  I'm having a BBQ/wedding reception towards the end of this month and have hit a huge snag!  My wine shop just informed me that the wine we wanted (Chateau Bonnet 2008 Entres deux Mers) is completely sold out and they don't know when they'll be getting more in!  I'm kind of freaking out because we have about three weeks until the party... ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need white for BBQ this month...

  • Rock 'N Roll Wine "Reggae Rhapsody" NV


    The perfect summer time wine at a great price point. Just a hint of sweetness, and plenty of fruit. Read More

    Wine review by jkorandanis

  • Domaine la Bastide Roussanne Vin de Pays d'Hauterive 2008


    Fresh white without a lot of fruit. Definitelyand oddly, in my opinionasparagus on the nose. It's not particularly acidity but still fairly crisp. A decent, refreshing white for the value but not a stand-out. Read More

    Wine review by scandleriv

  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2008


    Real nice grapefruit and other pale fruit flavors. Started out very cold and ... ... up. Fabulous bottle of Roussanne. Very well balanced. Paired perfectly with Shrimp Scampi Orz Read More

    Wine review by outthere

  • Mon Redon Côtes du Rhone Blanc 2009


    Nose: pears, honey, floral, lime, rich and sweet with an underlying sharp acidity. Palate: Sweet, crispy Japanese pears and honey on the front palate, followed by taut, nervy, minerally acid. Lime, lemon curd. Well balanced, elegant and long on the palate. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid

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