“The Wine: The grapes for the 2016 Roussanne were sourced from Greg Gonnerman’s vineyard, Chiricahua Ranch Vineyards. It is 100% Roussanne. The wine itself was made at the Sand-Reckoner Vineyards production site.
The Nose: Apple and baking spices are the predominant opening notes to the nose of the 2016 Roussanne. These notes intermingle with honey, peach, Juan Canary melons, Meyer lemon, and floral notes of chamomile, and cliff rose. As the wine opens up, a scent like crushed flint emerges.
The Palate: This full-bodied white wine opens with explosive flavors of green apple and vanilla baking spices, which intermingle with starfruit, melon, crushed flint, chamomile, and white tea. There is a touch of thyme on the mid palate along with a creamy vanilla texture that I suspect owes more to the barrel fermentation than any sort of malolactic fermentation on the finish which fades into flint and flowers, lasting for 40 seconds. This wine has a medium acidity.”