Vineyard and Region Information: The cool Santa Cruz Mountains are ideal for producing a Roussanne that is aromatically complex with finesse and body, but without becoming ponderous and heavy. It is a challenging variety to grow as it tends to ripen unevenly. We have found that it is necessary to make multiple harvest passes through the vineyard with pickers that are trained to identify clusters that are in the window of ideal ripeness.
Vintage Notes: Our one acre block of Roussanne was the only block of grapes we harvested in 2015 where the yields were fairly reasonable. The late flowering which is typical for this variety at our site allowed it to avoid the cool and wet weather which preceded it.
Wine Notes: We whole cluster press those ideal clusters, settle briefly in tank then rack to barrel where we ferment slowly at lower temperatures. Most of the wine was fermented and aged in a clay Amphorae with the remainder in barrel. We then racked into a stainless tank at twelve months where the wine spent an additional five months. This added step produced a Roussanne with more energy and freshness and fantastic mid palate density. Hints of flowers, but an emphatic minerality and salinity on the nose. Beautiful, unctuous body, white stone fruit, earthy minerality, nice extract that finishes long. The best pairing for this wine is with scallops. Crab, lobster or white fish will also not disappoint!
Wine Reviews: 91 Points, "The 2015 Roussanne Homestead Block is a super-expressive wine. In this vintage, most of the wine (80%) was fermented and aged in amphora, an approach that has worked beautifully here. Specifically, the 2015 has a bit more freshness and energy than has often been the case. The peach, apricot and exotic flower notes are very nicely delineated." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous