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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  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2006

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    Really bold and powerful with a soft touch, butteriness and mild acids are in perfect balance, the fruits are melonous and tropical. Would go great with couscous and salmon. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2006

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    Lovely, intense aromatics combine hints of lychee and green tea with crisp green pear tones and well-integrated notes of fading spices, chalk, chestnut and lavender. Really rich yet bright on entry, with a seductive mouthfeel that manages to be both filling and vivid. The fruit is verging into the slightly honied, dried peach end of the spectru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2006

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    - Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by larlar516


  • Copain Roussanne Paso Robles James Berry Vineyard 2007

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    Copain is located on a hillside just off Eastside Road in Windsor, with a sweeping view of the Russian River Valley below. Yet, interestingly, Copain makes no Russian River wines, concentrating instead on vineyards from Mendocino and the Central Coast. This superb Rhone Ranger white comes from a vineyard in Paso Robles. Complex nose has notes of... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom


  • A Morning in Houston with Drops of Golden Dew: Dotson-Cervantes Gotas de OroIt was 9:30 on a weekday morning when the door bell rang. I expected this as, the evening before, I received a call from Alphonse Dotson. He said that he and his wife Martha were going to be in Houston visiting his Mother. They were on the verge of releasing their first... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Morning in Houston with...


  • Wellington Vineyards Roussanne Sonoma County 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by RyanGoldschlager


  • Anaba 'Coriol' White Sonoma Valley 2007

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    Okay ... couldn't wait to let this age more. Floral aromas but some nice honey notes. Nice acid with grapefruit, lime and leche. Developing nicely. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • I read this article a couple of days ago from the Wall Street Journal. I thought it was pretty interesting because fall for me has always meant a switch to red. Has anyone tried the Rhone Whites? I'm going to give this a go at the end of the week! Let me know if its really worth the wsj buzz.Check out the article here: http://online.wsj.com/arti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rhone White Wines for Fall


  • Fattoria del Teso Montcarlo Bianco 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by sacrifice333


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