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, many 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 2021 vintage is a classic Roussanne with aromas of pear, citrus and yellow apple, and a delicate note of caramel and honey. The soft, medium-bodied palate has a balanced acidity and rich, lingering fruit finish.