Tonight, I opened bottle of Santa Ynez-grown Roussane, and it was a revelation.
It was from the producer Renard (never heard of them); I noted big, ripe, assertive, blossomy, yet food-friendly flavors with nary a hint of sweetness or overpowering oak.
Please list some of your favorite California producers of Roussanne (or other white Rhone vareitals). I'd like to experience more wines like this....
J.C. Cellars has a good line...
IMO these are vintage-specific varietals. One year very fruity and complex, the next year very thin and austere... I'm curious... which year was the Roussanne you had ??
Tablas Creek, a joint venture involving the people behind Beaucastel, makes lovely Rhône varietals and blends. www.tablascreek.com
Terre Rouge's Enigma (Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne) is a perennial favourite. Have never had the opportunity to try their white varietals. www.terrerougewines.com
If Viognier is on your list, look for Calera's Mount Harlan offering. www.calerawine.com