Roussanne

Lillian Winery

California Roussanne 2017

Shay A
9.2

My last of three bottles. The first one back in early 2021 and second one last year both showed a more fresh and vibrant profile, whereas this seemed a bit more evolved.

Gold in the glass. Right off the bat, the aromatics here are honeyed and semi-rich. Honeysuckle, but mostly Truffle honeycomb and those Bit-O-Honey candies come to mind. Didn’t detect any orange marmalade type profile I normally get with roussanne. On the palate, the honeyed notes continue with only real faint fruit notes (peach, dragonfruit). Quiet zing of acidity to keep the wine from being flabby, but it has a distinct texture.

Followed over two days and held strong. I’d rather drink these sooner rather than later, at least this vintage.
— 14 hours ago

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Château de Beaucastel

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne 2009

Vegetal, but with dark fruit like blackberries, and red fruit like cherries. Tannins are smooth, unobtrusive but muscular. — 2 months ago

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Blanc Marsanne Roussanne 1994

The 1994 was initially a bit shy on the nose but after many hours in the decanter, it showed such amazing character. In fact, it shared some characteristics with a lightly peated single malt scotch, with light smoke, marmalade, honey, golden raspberry and wet stone. More of its character was unlocked with food. In this case, monkfish, sweet potato, leek, and winter truffle. Drink now through 2034+ — 3 months ago

Josh, Severn and 6 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Blanc Marsanne Roussanne 2018

Wonderfully complex lingering and nuanced. This was simply a gem. Balanced rollercaoster of Rhône sophistication. Excellent! — 4 days ago

Bob, Tyler and 14 others liked this

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

La Crau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clairette Blend 2021

Interestingly, this was the best-conditioned white of the night. Of course it had to be one I’m not particularly fond of, but I’m still very thankful that there wasn’t even a hint of discernible [premature] oxidation. The nose hits you with a melange of fruits ranging from pineapples to mangoes to peaches and candied orange peels, followed by notes of cream, honey, and some woody, floral nuances. On the palate, it was expectedly rich and rounded, yet still maintained some juicy energy. Finished lightly bitter with a herbaceous touch. An archetypal CDP blanc! Would be better with the right food. — a month ago

Ira, Jay and 8 others liked this

Éric Texier

Côtes du Rhône-Brézème Roussanne 2021

great texture and flavor. still young and needs to open up more but a pleasure to drink. — 2 months ago

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Tablas Creek Vineyard

Esprit Blanc de Tablas Roussanne Blend 2009

A tasting of six aged white Rhônes, including 20 and 35-year-old Hermitages vs a Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Blanc (Les Granits) a 19-year-old Esprit from Tablas Creek, and a Calera Mount Harlan Viognier. This 2009 Chapoutier was the winner for me, and the group. — 3 months ago

Eric, Vanessa and 15 others liked this

Truchard

Carneros Roussanne 2019

2019 at Nautilus — 13 days ago

Saxum Vineyards

James Berry Vineyard Grenache Blend 2014

David T
9.4

94 that leans into 95.

42% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre, 21% Syrah, 8% Coundise & 3% Roussanne. 15.8% ABV but drinks like 14.5-14.9. Pairing is Allen Brother’s Cowgirls.

This has nice evolution & integration.

It is ripe, juicy, lush grapey, very Grenache style with a bit of funk-gym locker. Blackberries, black raspberries, stewed plum, spiced dark cherries, cherries, deep, dark spices, black pepper, tary notes, steeped fruit tea, dry leaves, cigar with ash, dry, crushed rocks, dry river stone, limestone minerals, clove, dark spice, cinnamon stick, mid berry cola, liquid violets, lavender with dark & red flowers, excellent waterfall acidity. Balanced, excellent tension, richness, elegance and refined polish.
— 14 days ago

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The Prisoner Wine Company

Blindfold California Chardonnay Blend 2019

A proprietary blend, made by Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney, from Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, and Vermentino from California. Golden yellow color with aromas of tropical and citrus fruit and melons, aged, 25% in new oak, 60% neutral & 15% stainless for 10 months. On the palate flavors of melons, citrus, and pears, hints of cinnamon spice and toasty oak. Long finish, lively acidity, good balance ending with fruit and mineral character. — 3 months ago

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