Lot 767 | 2019 Santa Barbara
A super small lot of a Rhône icon! One of the rarest white wines on the market.
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- Santa Barbara
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- Now through 2025
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Roussanne is the backbone of the greatest white wines of Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Notoriously difficult to grow, it’s been planted in French vineyards for hundreds of years but it only made its way to California in the 1980s courtesy of the “Rhone Rangers” – a group of iconic American winemakers largely responsible for spearheading the emergence of Rhône varietals stateside.
Lot 767 comes to us from one of these “Rhone Ranger” wineries, produced from a hillside block of one of the state’s most famous vineyards and using a clone that originally came from Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Beaucastel. Aged in French oak barrels previously used for Burgundian Chardonnay, the wine is a fantastic cool-climate expression of this rare white grape, showcasing a rich flavor profile with a bright beam of acidity.
Aroma is bright, some breadiness and apricot upfront, with some light citrus and hints of vanilla in the back. Flavor is bready, with hints of lemon along with a little bit of oak. Acidity brings a brightness. A little bit of an unusual grape for most of us, but worth trying....interesting, well balanced and delicious. Enjoyed.
Rewarding after a decant
Don't judge this right out of the bottle (unless it's been cellared a few years). After giving it a good 2-3 hours to breathe the powerful aromas of this varietal show up. The full mouthfeel and apricot pit are true to form; the higher acidity avoids the 'flabbiness' that turns some off from most Roussanne. Served between 50-55 degrees this is a great white for fall/winter feasts (although still delicious on this spring day) and I've found Rhone whites hold up well even after a few years. Roussanne is not for everyone. But for those who do love it, you know you can only find it for twice the price or more. Therefore 'Best Value'.