(Fall 2012 Tablas Wine Club notes)
PRODUCTION NOTES: Although 2011's spring frosts largely spared the notoriously late-sprouting Roussanne, yields were still low, and these low yields combined with the unusally cool growing season to produce structured Roussanne with good acidity, suitable for aging. The lots selected for this bottling were fermented 50% in foudre, 35% in small, older neutral oak barrels, and 15% in new demi-muids, then were blended and aged in foudre. 620 cases produced.
TASTING NOTES: Aromas of grilled bread, pear, pine resin and wite flowers. The mouth is classic structured Roussanne, rich yet savory with flavors of butterscotch, thyme, white chocolate, and just a touch of oak. Still a baby, this is a serious white to age (for up to a decade) and serve with substantial food like roast pork.
PRESS: Rhone Report 90-93 points (6/12)