Smell and taste orange zest, citrus blossoms, peaches, Meyer lemon and green tea. An “aromatic variety” by nature, this wine is certainly fragrant, but more restrained than most Cal-Rhone whites you will find. Light, satin texture is nice. Pure citrus/stone fruit/floral pleasure. nice tang of acidity on the finish is just right. While Roussanne, a notoriously late harvest grape, is prone to botrytis (“noble rot”), in 2016 the fruit came out clean as a whistle, according to Anthony Truchard. I like it both ways – with or without botrytis. Make me choose and I’ll go without.
The Truchard Family has over 200 acres of vineyards planted on their 400 acre property on the edge of Napa in Northern Carneros (the warmest part of the AVA). They sell over half their grapes each year and keep enough to make around 20,000 cases, spread out over 11 wines. Their wines are consistently tasty with classic Carneros acidity and restraint. Tasting through their wines, I notice how often I write “pretty” in my descriptions. They have created a neat Cal-Rhone niche for themselves with their always-tasty Roussanne.
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