Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Washington State
Harvested 9/19/2016 Brix: 22.2 pH: 3.35, TA: .
“The big surprise is Roussanne, such purity, almost a crystaline nature to the Roussanne grown here.” Bob Betz, Master of Wine
Roussanne is most famously known for it’s role in the Rhone Valley white wines of Chateauneuf du Pape, Hermitage, and St. Joseph. Here the wines are noted for their intense aromatics and distinct herbal/ tea leaf flavors. New world examples of Roussanne are better characterized by a “fruit salad” bouquet that displays awide range of fruits ranging from tropical to orchard to citrus.
The wines thrive in either neutral oak or stainless fermentations, so be very judicious with any new oak additions. The word Roussanne is derived from the French word roux which translates to the reddish- brown (russet) color that the the grape takes on when ripening. This wine can be bottled as a straight varietal or is an ideal blending partner for Viognier, Marsanne, Chenin Blanc, and can even be co-fermented with cool climate Syrah.