Ledgewood Creek Roussanne Suisun Valley Estate Grown 2005

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Rousanne is a tricky and little-understood grape variety from the Rhône Valley that can be the support base for white Rhône blends made in the Unit... Read more

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Rousanne is a tricky and little-understood grape variety from the Rhône Valley that can be the support base for white Rhône blends made in the United States.As a lead grape, however, it has even less recognition, and that’s almost precisely why wine maker Larry Langbehn, long-time Napa Valley wine maker, decided to make this wine as a varietal and make it the way he did.Keeping the wine as fresh and as fruit-lively as possible, Langbehn extracted delicate dried pears and figs from the grape that are evident in the aroma, and then he added in 15% Viognier to give the wine one additional note of florality.The wine is dry and has no oak sticking out of it, so the result is a succulent and delicately complex white wine that delivers a certain mild richness on the tongue that works nicely with seafood.The fact that Suisun Valley is so little known as a fine wine-growing region, and that Ledgewood Creek has no worldwide reputation for high quality wines, has kept the price for this wine to an absurd under-$13 price point. It’s a startlingly good value.


Winemaker's Notes:

See Ledgewood Creek's Full Wine List *Wine Recommendation: Ledgewood Creek 2005 Estate Roussanne Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Originating in the Rhone Valley in France, Roussanne is traditionally used as a blending grape in many of the world-famous wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Rich and complex, Roussanne is distinctive for its soft and lingering flavors. As a stand-alone varietal, Roussanne ages well due to its unusual combination of richness and crisp acids. Our 2005 Roussanne is blended 15% with Viognier and presents a pleasant acid balance, strong textural elements and a clean, lingering finish. Enjoy with risotto, cheese and pesto. Vintage Notes: Hailed as an exceptionally fine vintage in Northern California, the 2005 growing season was hallmarked with an ideal long, warm harvest period which allowed wine grapes to reach full maturity and develop full varietal character. Warm temperatures in February and March pushed the vines toward an early bud break. These warm months were followed by cool, rainy conditions which lasted through mid-June. This pattern was followed by an unusually cool summer with one spike of hot weather in August which accelerated grape maturity and flavor development. Ideal conditions in the Sisun Valley contributed to a huge crop for most varieties and fruit of outstanding quality. Technical Notes: Appellation: Suisun Valley Grapes: 85% Roussanne & 15% Viognier Harvest: October 2005 Fermentation: Stainless Steel Tanks Barrel Aging: Aged 5 months in 50% French and 50% American oak barrels Alcohol: 14.2% Return to Ledgewood Creek Wine List

See Ledgewood Creek's Full Wine List *Wine Recommendation: Ledgewood Creek 2005 Estate Roussanne Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Originating in the Rhone Valley in France, Roussanne is traditionally used as a blending grape in many of the world-famous wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Rich and complex, Roussanne is distinctive for its soft and lingering flavors. As a stand-alone varietal, Roussanne ages well due to its unusual combination of richness and crisp acids. Our 2005 Roussanne is blended 15% with Viognier and presents a pleasant acid balance, strong textural elements and a clean, lingering finish. Enjoy with risotto, cheese and pesto. Vintage Notes: Hailed as an exceptionally fine vintage in Northern California, the 2005 growing season was hallmarked with an ideal long, warm harvest period which allowed wine grapes to reach full maturity and develop full varietal character. Warm temperatures in February and March pushed the vines toward an early bud break. These warm months were followed by cool, rainy conditions which lasted through mid-June. This pattern was followed by an unusually cool summer with one spike of hot weather in August which accelerated grape maturity and flavor development. Ideal conditions in the Sisun Valley contributed to a huge crop for most varieties and fruit of outstanding quality. Technical Notes: Appellation: Suisun Valley Grapes: 85% Roussanne & 15% Viognier Harvest: October 2005 Fermentation: Stainless Steel Tanks Barrel Aging: Aged 5 months in 50% French and 50% American oak barrels Alcohol: 14.2% Return to Ledgewood Creek Wine List

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