Tablas Creek Roussanne Adelaida District 2015

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Adelaida District

Varietal   Roussanne

Retail Price   $35

ABV   13.4%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, medium golden color.

Aromatics

The nose is moderately intense offering scents of kiwi, pineapple, and butterscotch with supporting notes of wild honey.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a tropical fruits-driven core with flavors of ripe apple and lemon curd. The finish is long and lingering with oak and mineral notes.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a opulent texture.

Cool Factor

A

Tablas Creek is a unique winery in California seamlessly marrying Old World and New World winemaking and setting the standard for Rhone varietals in California. What could be cooler?

Value Grade

C

At $35 a bottle this wine sits in a price sector with a lot of serious competition.

Analysis

This 2015 bottling of Roussanne is Tablas Creek's 15th bottling of this staple of France's Rhone region. Tablas Creek utilizes Roussanne in their white blends but strives to keep a bit of these organically grown grapes to stand on their own. This wine was barrel-fermented and shows many of the telltale signs with rich butterscotch and custard notes. It's a very pretty wine but I was looking for a bit more vibrancy and acidity, something that I am accustomed to seeing in the Tablas Creek wines. 89 points.

How to Enjoy

Serve chilled with complex seafood stews or braised fowl. Roussanne has a sneaky way of evolving over time in the bottle being one of the better white varietals for aging. Save a bottle for a minimum of five years to check its progress.

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