Roussanne is one of the most scintillating white wines available today. Highly aromatic and lovely notes that range from honeysuckle, truffle, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, Adriatic fig, rose petal, Fall forest, passion fruit, fleshy Comice pear and mineral. This Rhone varietal is now found in California, Washington, Australia and, of course, France.
Chardonnay is a pleasant monkey on everyone’s back; though Chardonnay is a respectable and, of course, the most popular white wine in the world and I doubt there is little danger this will loose it’s current popular poll position. But if there were more exploration in white wines I do think many people would find a most dynamic and exciting wine. This wine has a capacity that Chardonnay does not and it is one that is exciting to serve for a large variety of food and cuisines. Roussanne has been used as a blending grape–quite often with Marsanne and in my thoughts can easily stand on it’s own. The difficulty will be that grape growers won’t plant any more acreage until there is greater demand. The demand won’t happen until the wine are slightly less expensive.
Until the day there is lesser expensive Roussanne I completely adore Anglim’s Roussanne. Anglim, a Paso Robles wine maker, produces my favorite Roussanne. Anglim’s Roussanne gives a clear and focused wine that has exposure to stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. The wine is about fruit and that is what you taste—no components that build to become another wine but a true expression of the Roussanne grape.
Paso Robles is what I term the Undiscovered wine country; so I feel a certain affinity for this particular bottle of wine–an undiscovered varietal in an incredible and undiscovered wine country. If you see Anglim Roussanne on a wine list or a wine retailer–grab a bottle and great ready to enjoy a beautiful and lyrical wine.
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