Zaca Mesa Estate Roussanne 2009 (Santa Ynez Valley, California) - [WE 93]

Zaca Mesa Estate Roussanne 2009
(Santa Ynez Valley, California) - [WE 93]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

Roussanne is a richly complex white grape variety indigenous to the Rhone Valley of France. It is a very difficult grape to grow and a challenge to vinify. It is so difficult that there is less than 300 acres planted in all of California. We are so taken with the grape that we planted eight acres in our vineyard with the Tablas clone in 1999 and continued to plant an additional 2 acres in 2006.

The 2009 Roussanne has haunting aromas of apricot, fig, honey and spice fill the glass. The long finish has a touch of minerality, a signature characteristic of our vineyard. Serve slightly cool (55º-60º F).

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Roussanne is really hard to pull off in California, but if anyone can do it, Zaca Mesa can. It's as good as the 2007, showing nectarine, pear and tangerine flavors, with the creamy, yeasty complexities of a fine barrel-fermented Chardonnay. It's dry and crisp in acidity and even has a fine, steely minerality. Drink now." -Steve Heimoff (2/1/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Bright gold. Dried pear, beeswax and quinine on the pungent nose. Fleshy and broad but surprisingly dry, offering bitter pear skin and herb flavors and a hint of honey on the back half. Combines richness and vivacity smoothly, finishing with good nervy cut and spicy persistence." - Josh Raynolds (Nov/Dec 13)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"The roasted lemon notes are broad and ripe, with yellow apple and pear details leading to a slightly coarse finish. Drink now. 1,976 cases made." -MW (Web Only - 2013)