2015 is the sixth 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.
We found a great new vineyard source for our Roussanne: the much heralded “Bien Nacido Vineyard” in Santa Maria Valley. This is a block that for the past decade has 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 2015 Roussanne only partially completed malolactic fermentation so it has a bit more acidity than past vintages. Alcohol 13.5%. 112 cases produced.
94 points, The Purely Domestic Wine Report, Fall 2017
92 points from Jamie Goode, read the review here (2014 vintage).