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Roussanne, Elerding Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills

Roussanne, Elerding Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills Wine Details
Price: $16.00 per bottle

Description: This well endowed Rhone-styled white wine is 85% Roussanne and 15% Viognier and showcases how well these warm climate varietals thrive in the warmer temperatures, south sloping topography, and the higher elevations of the newly-designated Horse Heaven Hills AVA in the Yakima Valley. It shows aromas and flavors of raw honey, toasted nuts and apricot nectar along with an intensity of fruit and an incredible full-body that stand up against generous ripe tannins at levels not commonly seen in a white table wine. This large format wine is the “white wine for red wine lovers”, and will stand its ground with the heartiest of meals and should be very age-worthy (much like the long-lived whites from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape district in southern Rhone). Try with Scallops in a white wine sauce on a bed of pasta- a food-wine match made in heaven! PPW 7/05

Varietal Definition
Also known as Bergeron in the french Savoie region. Semi-classic grape grown in the Hermitage-Rhone and southern Cotes du Rhone region of France. Still occasionally incorporated into white wine blends, (e.g: with the Marsanne grape wine), because of its acidity and aroma but finding less and less favor.
The most acclaimed white wine grape from France's Rhône Valley, Viognier is a highly aromatic varietal, with a flavor profile that could include peach, apricot, nectarine, lichee, musk and flower blossom. The heady perfume of this varietal is one of its trademarks, although its flavors are sometimes problematic in matching with food. However, it does well with lobster, crab and moderately flavored fish. Use it as an apéritif as an alternative to Chardonnay. The "Rhône Rangers" in California have done an excellent job promoting this varietal.


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