2016 is the seventh vintage of our Holus Bolus blanc and it is our best one yet. Roussanne is a grape native to the Rhone Valley of France (Hermitage, St. Joseph, Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and sparsely planted outside of France with only 300 acres in California.
In 2013 we fortunate enough to begin working with the much heralded “Bien Nacido Vineyard” in Santa Maria Valley. For the past decade or so these grapes have gone into Qupé’s Hillside Estate Roussanne and we are very fortunate to have just under an acre there to work with. The block is biodynamically farmed with lovely goats patrolling the vineyard in the winter months.
The wine was fermented and aged in oak barrels of 300 liters (2-3 years old) for 14 months. The 2016 Roussanne only partially completed malolactic fermentation so it has a bit more acidity than past vintages. Alcohol 13.0%. 112 cases produced.
2015: 94 points, The Purely Domestic Wine Report, Fall 2017
92 points from Jamie Goode, read the review here (2014 vintage).