You won’t happen upon high end Tannat every day. Napa’s Yannick Rousseau specializes in it, Reason One is he’s from the grape’s homeland: Gascony. (More about this in the next paragraph.) This 100% Tannat from the slightly mystical “Alder Springs Vineyard” in northwest Mendocino County is impressive. 85% new French oak aged makes for sweet, sexy barrel aromas. Not too much barrel, though, as deep dark raspberry and blueberry fruits hit the palate along with black licorice, dry-aged beef and bittersweet chocolate. This is a powerful, rich wine with fine tannins and a 25 second finish. Eat as d’Artagnan would with this wine: game meats, leg of lamb or roast duck. I know, I know it’s hard to convince the wine loving public to indulge in a $65 Mendocino County Tannat without tasting it. Well then, make a visit to Y Rousseau for a tasting and decide for yourself!
Owner/Winemaker Yannick Rousseau was born and raised near Madiran, the Gascony, France village and appellation that grows predominantly Tannat for Madiran wine and Colombard wine for Armagnac (and a little still wine too). Yannick is a skilled, thoughtful winemaker who is equally interested in making soulful, honest and delicious wines. You can also be assured that a Y Rousseau wine will give you your money’s worth.
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For my Napa Valley Tasting Up Close – REAL Close blog entry, featuring Y Rousseau, Click Here.