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Volume 34, Issue 9: July 2010

Roussanne

It may be unfair to Roussanne to refer to it as the lesser sister of Marsanne, but its role in life as a lighter, brighter wine whose energy often lifts Marsanne to greater heights is hard to overcome. Still, in the versions of the grape tasted for this issue, it is evident that Roussanne has plenty of goodness when made on its own. It is true that both highly recommended versions have big dollops of something else in their midsts, and we have barely scratched the surface of its potential here in California, but you could do worse than to try one of the more optimistically reviewed bottlings below.



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ADELAIDA
Version
Roussanne
 Paso Robles 2008
$30.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink Now or AgeLamb
91
JC CELLARS
First Date
Roussanne
 California 2008
$28.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink NowLamb
90
ANABA
Coriol White
Roussanne
 Sonoma Valley 2008
$28.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink NowPoultry
87
BONNY DOON
Le Cigare Blanc. Beeswax Vineyard.
Roussanne
 Arroyo Seco 2008
$22.00
Limited AvailabilityDrink Now or AgeLamb
86
TERRE ROUGE
Roussanne
 Sierra Foothills 2008
$25.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink Now or AgeFish
86
WELLINGTON
Roussanne
 Sonoma County 2008
$22.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink NowFish
85
EBERLE
Côtes du Robles Blanc
Roussanne
 Paso Robles 2008
$24.00
Limited AvailabilityDrink NowFish
85
ROSENBLUM
Fess Parker Vineyard
Roussanne
 Santa Barbara County 2007
$25.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink NowPoultry
85
SARAH'S VINEYARD
Estate
Roussanne
 Santa Clara Valley 2008
$22.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink NowLamb
84
ADELAIDA
Pavanne
Roussanne
 Paso Robles 2008
$22.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink NowLamb
84
HAGAFEN
Roussanne. Ripken Vineyard.
Roussanne
 Lodi 2008
$18.00
Very Limited AvailabilityDrink NowLamb
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Rating System

THREE STARS:(95-98 points) An exceptional wine. Worth a special search of the market.

TWO STARS:(91-94 points) A highly distinctive wine. Likely to be memorable.

ONE STAR:(87-90 points) Fine example of a type or style of wine. Without notable flaws.

Note: Wines not marked with stars are often delightful wines. Each has unique virtues and any of these wines may be the best wine to serve your needs based on value, availability or for your dining and taste preferences.

95-98 3 Stars
91-94 2 Stars
87-90 1 Star
80-86 Wines of varying quality and value. See tasting notes for details.
70-79 Flawed wines to be avoided.

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Ageworthiness

Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.

Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.

Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.

Not suitable for drinking.

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Food & Wine Pairings

Soft and fruity wine Quaffable by itself or with light foods.

Crisp white. Medium acid and dry. Fish or delicate flavored foods.

Mellow white. Dry to slightly sweet. Enough acid for white meats.

Full and balanced dry white. Try with rich seafood and fowl dishes.

Light Red and powerhouse White. Fowl, veal and light meats.

Medium Red. Balanced, good depth, medium tannin. Beef and lamb.

Robust Red. Full tannin, intense flavors. For highly spiced meat dishes.

Sweet Dessert wine. Enjoyable by itself or with sweet desserts.

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Availability

Generally available in most markets.

Limited production and/or limited geographic distribution.

Very limited availability.