Floral aromas of pineapple, honeysuckle, and jasmine, with highlights
of brioche and vanilla.


The mouth is crisp, with clean flavors of fresh pear, honeydew
melon, and apricot. Bright acidity provides a lengthy finish of citrus, mineral, and spice.

Growing Conditions

This white varietal has been traditionally associated with the Northern
Rhone, where it is blended with Marsanne to make white Hermitage wines. In 1998,
three acres of Roussanne were planted on the southern end of the Truchard Estate
Vineyard. Growing in soils composed of volcanic rock and ash, the vines benefit from
the gently sloped terrain and cooler Carneros temperatures. Roussanne is a challenging
grape in both the vineyard and winery. However, when done correctly it can produce
an aromatic and delicate wine with the structure and finesse to age.


After 4 dry years, the 2017 harvest can be considered almost “normal”.
Record winter rains finally provided some real drought relief; but bud-break still came
about 1 week earlier than usual. Warm spring weather allowed for good berry set and
a slightly below average crop. Hot summer and autumn temperatures quickly brought
the fruit to maturity. Severe wild fires near the end of harvest made this a memorable
vintage. The wines of 2017 are intense, but elegant; with nice acidity and balance.


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 2018.