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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Paso Robles

    Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The f...

  • Châteauneuf-du-pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape is the best-known appellation in the Southern Rhon...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Santa Barbara

    The Santa Barbara County AVA lies within the Central Coast territory of California. Like much o...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is a large subregion of Santa Barbara County within California’s Cent...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

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  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery

      Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, ...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Canyon Road Winery

    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

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  • Stolpman Golden Point 2011


    82% Roussanne, 7% Chardonnay, 7% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% ViognierRoussanne 50% new, sauv in SS, other in neutral oakBig aromatics on the nose, a bit smoky and nutty with jammy white raspberry, and exotic mango and guava notes. Bright on entry with almost salty minerality then the smoky oak creeps in along with deep nut framed orange marmalade and wh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2009


    Smoky oak laced nose with a smoked meat, prosciutto aroma over dark, slightly dried tart, astringent fruit. While a bit soft on entry, this turns broad and round in the mouth with a creamy if clear midpalate. The oak adds plenty of spice to the midpalate and the backend, which is a little short with a hint of burnt orange rind. This is soft, cr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Z Blanc 2010


    47% roussanne, 47% grenache blanc, 6% viognierBarrel aged separately, the blended and aged 7 monthsA beautiful nose that is floral, lightly smoky, and rich with the aromas of nut meats, apricot, mango, and melon. Bright and clear on entry with a lovely texture that shows a nuanced richness surrounding vibrant fresh fruit that's light and precise... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Achalk:  Until Snooth changed my handle (so I could get a byline), it was ... a little suspicious that the Roussanne from Truchard was the top California example.  Most of the Roussanne is grown south of here in the Central Coast area, where conditions are more suited to it.  I also don't see any Australians in the top five, which surprises me... Read More

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  • Mark: The variance is huge. The worst are bad. The best are better than they are given credit for outside Texas. The delta is definitely positive. The two links in my earlier reply refer to tastings that I organized, held under very strict conditions. And, before anybody grabs the wrong end of any corks, I did so for informational and educationa... Read More

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  • I'm going from memory here, but I seem to recall an article, or maybe it ... Texas Tempranillo or, now, a Roussanne on a store shelf, I'd be tempted to try i Read More

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  • The Next Breakthrough Texas Grape?  What was the first one?  I missed ... ... a lot of the world's Roussanne is not exciting enough to increase plantings greatly, this might be a niche Texas can get into.  On the whole, I would think Tempranillo, maybe Grenache, Cinsault might do well in Texas.&nbs Read More

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  • Richard: There are at least two earlier "breakthrough" varieties, Viognier and Tempranillo.Your comment about an (unexplained) local bias suggests that it would be interesting to repeat these tastings outside Texas. Maybe in California.The wines that did consistently well are available.- A    Read More

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  • Lone Madrone Points West White 2009


    Excellent white Rhone blend from Paso Robles. This is carried by the bigger white grapes of Roussanne and Marsanne which contribute a darker stonier fruit flavor and the aromatics of the viognier which add a nice floral touch. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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