2011 Roussanne

Stone Crusher

El Dorado

This white (orange) wine will surprise as it spent 16 days on the skins in a 4 ton open top wood vat before we pressed off to complete fermentation in neutral oak barrels. Orange wines, as they are called, are fascinating for many reasons but most exciting for us is the incredible versatility at the table. With chewy tannin and surprising structure this white (orange) wine goes in surprising directions with spice, meat, seafood and an array of fall and winter vegetables (paella, Indian cuisine, tapas, scallops and more.)

Honeysuckle, jasmine and baked nectarines mingle with cinnamon and apricot aromas to entice and excite. On the palate, if not for the zippy acidity, this wine could easily be mistaken for a red with such weight, tannin and lingering finish.

Technical Info
  • Appellation: El Dorado
  • Vineyard: Elen Ridge
  • Varietal: Roussanne
  • Clone: Tablas Creek
  • Age: 13 years
  • Elevation: 2400 feet
  • Soil: Decomposed granite w/ clay loam
  • Yield: 2-2.5 tons/acre
  • Harvested: Sept. 22, 2011
  • Pressed: October 7, 2011
  • Blend: 100% skin ferment Roussanne
  • Fermentation: 16 days in open top wood vat then 100% neutral French Oak barrels
  • Barrel aging: 10 months
  • Bottled: Unfiltered on August 3, 2012
  • Production: 192 cases
  • Release date: Fall 2012