Drinking Tonight: Rosenblum Fess Parker Vineyard Roussanne

This is one of my last 2007 bottles – I got a great closeout deal from the distributor 3 years ago.  White Rhone varietals usually have some good aging potential; if they don’t improve, they at least hold on to their quality for more than just a few years, unlike Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

I’m having this with mushroom risotto this evening; I could have gone with a Pinot Noir or a lighter-bodied Rhone red, but the Roussanne was calling my name.  Typically you’d see this blended with Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, or Viognier – but Rosenblum always does some varietal bottlings of their Rhone grapes.

Color: light honeysuckle-gold in color, with a lush, heavy look in the glass.

Aroma: classic Rhone – floral perfume, apricots and nectarines, and quite heady – even when it’s nearly 6 years old. If you didn’t know better, you might even think this was a young dessert wine – it smells that rich.

Taste: Big apricot and peach, with perfume and some Provencal herb notes as well. This is as big a white as one of those monster Chardonnays, but without that overwhelming oak and heaviness. Good length on the palate – some toastiness on the very finish.  The balance is just starting to get a little out of whack (too herbal, not enough fruit); I’ll finish my last bottles this year.

The current release is going for $24 to $30 a bottle – I’m glad I got this for $10!




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