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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  • Copain Roussanne Paso Robles James Berry Vineyard 2007


    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

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  • Wellington Vineyards Roussanne Sonoma County 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by RyanGoldschlager

  • Anaba 'Coriol' White Sonoma Valley 2007


    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: Read More

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  • Fattoria del Teso Montcarlo Bianco 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by sacrifice333

  • L'Aventure Roussanne 2008


    Nice. Fruity and not too acidic. Read More

    Wine review by lingprof

  • Sadie Family Sequillo White 2007


    A magical blend of principally Chenin Blanc with Marsanne, Roussanne and a touch of Viognier. Creamy edged, full, textural, weighty reminiscent of a Pinot Gris but with more of a crisp finish. Very food friendly. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Big House White 2008


    Lots of floral and citrus notes on the nose, with a similar palate, leading ... ... canelli, viognier, and roussanne). There's a bit of oak that gives a bit of a buttered toast/smokey component, but it's well balanced and hides any sweetness from the muscat, leading to a good, crisp, full wine with a lengthy finis Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello

  • Mcdowell Valley Vineyards Viognier Roussanne 2008


    Melon, light fruit and a bit of clay. Just a touch of sweetness and melon flavor. A soft wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark

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