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 more than one harvest pass through the vineyard with pickers that are trained to identify clusters that are in the window of ideal ripeness.
Vintage Notes: We are very happy with the way the 2017 vintage turned out at the estate vineyard. The heat spike that affected other vineyards more strongly did not have a noticeable impact at the estate. While yields for Pinot Noir were down, our Roussanne produced a healthy crop. In fact, we had to spend some time to drop some fruit to control yields so that we could ensure proper ripening.
Wine Notes: We whole cluster pressed, settled briefly in tank, and then racked to barrel and a 600 liter clay Amphorae where we ferment slowly at lower temperatures. We then racked into a stainless tank at twelve months where the wine spent an additional seven months. This added step produced a Roussanne with more energy and freshness and fantastic mid palate density.
Classic crushed white flowers, white peach, hint creme brûlée, and keefer lime. Powerful on palate with a mineral laden mid palate on entry, that fades into layers of crushed flowers, stone fruit and faint citrus. This is a decidedly more mineral driven Roussanne that is dense, yet through its freshness avoids being flabby or too unctuous. These qualities make it a more versatile wine to pair with a variety of foods including poultry, crab and other richer seafood dishes.