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Zaca Mesa Roussanne

Zaca Mesa Roussanne

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Description

VINTAGE - 2008

APPELLATION - SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CENTRAL COAST, CALIFORNIA.

THE VINEYARD:-
Roussanne is a richly complex, white grape variety indigenous to the Rhône Valley of France. It is a difficult grape to grow because it is very susceptible to rot and mildew and ripens late. So difficult that there is less than 300 acres planted in the all of California. We are so taken with its haunting aromas and bold flavors that we planted eight acres in our vineyard with the Tablas clone in 1999. We planted another 2 acres in 2006.

GROWING SEASON & HARVEST:-

After a relatively uneventful winter, the vines came to life in early April only to be frost bit in late-April. Thankfully, only a small portion of our vineyard was damaged. May’s weather was not any better with sprinkles and wind during the critical bloom period. After a heat spike of +100º in mid-June, things settled down to our normal 55º in the morning and 85º in the afternoon. Harvest started as usual in early September and went quickly as there were few grapes to pick. Another cold snap hit in mid-October, but it did not hurt as most of our grapes had been picked. Yields were low due to the weird weather but the quality was encouraging.

WINEMAKING:-

After being hand harvested, this Roussanne was gently pressed and placed in French oak barrels to ferment. The wine was then aged “sur lie” or on the lees (yeast and solids) for 8 months, stirring each barrel regularly to enhance the rich, creamy mouth feel.

THE WINE:-
On the nose, aromas of apricots, figs, honey and spice fill the glass. A lingering finish has a touch of minerality, a signature characteristic of our vineyard.

BLEND COMPOSITION:-
100%                 Roussanne (Tablas clone)

Harvest:             September 22, 2008
Cooperage:      8 months in French oak, 47% new  (Dargaud-Jaegle, Mercier, and Demptos)
Bottled:              June 22, 2009
T/a:                     0.65 g/100mL
pH:                     3.33
Alc/Vol:               14.5%