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2018 Roussanne
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2018 Roussanne
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Roussanne
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
Hames Valley Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 15, 2018
pH
3.47
Aging
Stainless Steel, 7 months
Bottling Date
May 20, 2019
Alcohol %
14.5
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SKU: 18SVIRS7EMONH22

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. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Roussanne
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
Hames Valley Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 15, 2018
pH
3.47
Aging
Stainless Steel, 7 months
Bottling Date
May 20, 2019
Alcohol %
14.5
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Wine Profile
Vineyard
The climate of our Hames Valley Vineyard provides an ideal home-away-from-home for our Rhône Valley grapes. The warm days and Mistral-like winds are familiar for the southern France varietals. Though Roussanne has a reputation for being temperamental in the vineyard, this special spot has consistently produced beautiful Roussanne that shines either in a blend or on its own.
Varietal Composition
100% Roussanne
Winemaking
The handpicked grapes were whole-cluster pressed and only the free run and lightly pressed juice were kept for fermentation. The juice was then cold settled to remove the excess pulp, which prevents the yeast from being stressed and allows for a clean fermentation. The juice was slowly fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks at 50°-55°F to enhance the fruit esters and preserve the varietal aromatics. The result is a distinctive mineral-driven wine with a lovely balance of body and freshness.
Cases Produced
: 110