Category Archives: Roussanne

2006 Domaine de Lancyre Roussanne

Lancyre_RousGolden hay in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, lots of floral and mineral notes, lilac, honeysuckle, stone, pear, melon, not oaky, and loaded with earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, broad and rich, medium+ body, medium acidity, mineral and spice on a nice finish.    

2006 Domaine de Calet Espirit du Blanc

domaine_de_calet 100% Roussanne from the southwest corner of the Rhone Valley. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, lots of mineral, flint, wet stone, nectarine, apricot, soap, white and yellow flowers, honeysuckle, loaded with earth, and not oaky. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium+ acidity, lots of stone, almost reminding me of Bourgogne Blanc with the weight, flowers for days, solid spice laden finish.    

2006 McCrea Cellars Roussanne Ciel du Cheval


On the nose, youthful aromas, medium intensity, melon, banana, honeysuckle, floral, frissee-like grassy quality, and mineral. On the palate, dry, crisp acidity, nice fresh fruit and flowers, no detectable oak, and a medium finish. Well made obscure Rhone white, that could find a niche in a Chardonnay dominated market.    

2006 Novelty Hill Roussanne Stillwater Creek Vineyard


Somehow Mike Januik, wine-maker for CSM in the 90’s, became wine-maker for this winery at the same time as both Novelty Hill and Januik Winery moved into a beautiful brand new facility, that Novelty Hill paid for. I believe this guy is making the best white wines in the state. This Roussanne had an interesting nose, a different profile altogether, cantaloupe, apricot, dried papaya, and a floral component, honeysuckle and dandelion. On the palate, dry, a creamy richness, some mango that wasn’t there on the nose, and a peppery character. This would just kill it with some spicy foods. Everyone needs to try this, you might think it sucks, it’s just good to make sure your palate knows what these other flavors taste like.

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