Roussanne has an interesting aromatic profile with mild melon and honey smells that are not overwhelming but quite pleasing. Wet rock, slate and citrus notes can also be found on the nose. Light bodied with some nice structure the wine has flavors of mild citrus, honeysuckle and starfruit. This wine pairs nicely spicy dishes and hearty soups.
Roussanne is typically used more as a blender varietal in wines but is definitely a varietal that can stand up on its own. This is a fairly large cluster white wine and typically has lots of minerality and slate characteristics. Fermented in stainless steel and left on its lees for 3 months to build more mouth feel this wine was blended with a little Viognier to help add complexity to the blend.
- Blend Composition: 96% Roussanne, 4% Viognier
- Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
- pH: 3.6
- TA: 5.5 g/l
- Pick Date: September 17, 2013
- Bottling Date: January 2014
- Cases Produced: 171
- Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
- AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
- Grower Degree Days: 3164
- Precipitation: 4.6’
2013 was a great grape growing season in WA State. The Horse Heaven Hills AVA was above its long term average for GDD by 150 units. With warm temperatures throughout the summer it seemed like an early harvest was inevitable but a cool September helped grapes develop flavors while slowing down ripening to make for a great harvest. Roussanne was picked on time finished with a nice balance.
Gold - 2014 Seattle Wine Awards
Silver - 2014 Denver International Wine Competition
Silver - 2014 BTI World Wine Competition *89pts