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Tablas Creek Roussanne 2011, California

Roussanne_11_BottleThe wines of Tablas Creek were showcased by Sandra Silfven, writing in The Detroit News this week.

Silfven described the Californian winery, founded in 1989 by the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Rhone Valley of France and American importer Robert Haas, as having a “modern take on old-world wines” with grapes picked off vines brought directly from the Rhone region in France.

Of this Roussanne varietal she said: “Intense, elegant and well-structured: This single varietal wine is a great snapshot of this important white Rhone grape. Aromas are honeyed with white floral notes and zesty ripe pear. Most of the estate-grown Roussanne goes into the Esprit Blanc, but when there’s an exceptional vintage and there’s a little left over, they bottle it as a single varietal.

“They made 750 cases of the 2011 Roussanne.  It’s fermented off native yeasts in large, neutral wooden vats to diminish the impact of the wood. See this Tablas Creek blog item on the vats, also known as foudres. This wine is still young and closed in. Tablas Creek expects you to be able to age this wine for a decade.”

Price: $30

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