It has rich aromas of green apple, honeydew melon, and lychee fruit; highlighted with pineapple and vanilla.
The mouth has subtle flavors of nectarine, peach and fresh pear. Bright acidity provides a crisp finish of citrus, mineral, and spice. It is described as in between a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
3 acres of Roussanne were planted on the southern edge of Truchard Vineyards in 1998. Growing in soils composed of volcanic rock and ash, the vines benefit from the gently sloped terrain and cooler Carneros temperatures. Roussanne is a challanging grape in both the vineyard and winery. However, when done correctly it can produce an aromatic and delicate wine with structure and finesse to age.
2019 is very similar to the near-perfect 2018 vintage. A cold winter with average rainfall made for a late bud-break. Ideal spring weather allowed for nice berry set and above average yields. Mild conditions throughout summer and fall allowed the fruit to slowly ripen and develop maximum flavor. The wines of 2019 are bold and intense, with nice acidity.
All of the fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak barrels (20%) new. After fermentation the wine remains in barrel on the lees (sur lie) for 6 months. A partial malolactic fermentation (30% complete) allows the wine to retain its natural acidity, while regular stirring of the lees (battonage) gives added complexity and richness. This wine was bottled in April 2020.
Roussanne is an excellent aperitif and pairs well with seafood, poultry, and many spicy dishes.