This has to be a quick post, I'm afraid. It seems this one caught me a little off guard. When I saw Dr. Debs' post earlier today, my heart sank and I realized I hadn't realized the date. The good thing is that I love Rhône wines and always have a few whites around, as well as a few American bottles made with white Rhône grapes. I particularly like Roussanne, especially once the weather starts to get warm. Something about a grape that really has to be picked ripe, similar to Viognier, that still packs a nice bit of pucker appeals to me.
I rushed home after work and started rummaging through my cellar and couldn't find the Picpoul blanc I really wanted to try tonight, but did put my hands on this extremely well-priced offering from the Languedoc. I'm pretty sure this one came from Paul Marcus Wines in Rockridge, which always has a large selection of white Rhônes at very good prices for summer drinking.
The Domaine La Bastide Rousanne 2006 from Guilem Durand is 100% Roussanne from vineyards that average 15 years old in the typical sandstone pebbles of Southern France. After cold fermentation, it stayed on the lees for four months with weekly stirring, then filtered and bottled.
The color is a pale yellow with a nice green tint. On the nose I get fresh melon, citrus, flowers, and Camomile tea. There is a typical oily character to the mouth-feel and it really has a nice bit of acid on it. Of course, since this is such ripe wine and had a lot of tartrates at end left in the bottle, I do have a suspicion that it received a healthy dose of acidification. None the less, at around $14.00 a bottle, it is really a steal and recommended for a nice night.