The name Roussanne comes from the French, “roux,” or russet, referring to the stunning red-gold color of the grapes at harvest. Roussanne is traditionally a blending grape in its native Rhône Valley but has the capacity to perform beautifully as a single varietal wine as well. Funny enough, much of the early plantings of Roussanne in California were later identified in fact, as Viognier. While the varieties are quite complimentary, they each have their own distinct personality and attributes. And while Roussanne is often relegated to being just a component of a blend, we believe this complex and cellar-worthy varietal deserves to be bottled on its own. Our 2018 vintage is a classic Roussanne, with aromas of pear, pineapple and honeysuckle. The palate offers notes of bright tropical fruit, citrus and white flowers that are complemented by an exquisite balance of richness, minerality and crisp acidity.