2016 Roussanne, El Dorado
The varietal takes its name from “roux”, the French word for “russet”— which relates to its reddish golden color at harvest. It is the noble white grape of the Northern Rhone where it makes long-lived Hermitage Blanc. It is also permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape as a blending grape for red and white wines. In California it is gaining popularity as a single varietal or as a component in white Rhone blends.