Roussane, not as popular a grape variety as other white varieties like Chardonnay and Riesling, is making headway in the wine world. Having other white varietal wines adds to the pleasure of enjoying wines.
Last night we had a glass of Roussane wine from Trattore Estate Wines in Sonoma County. The winery is in the Dry Creek Valley AVA. Vineyards at Trattore are interspersed with olive trees, which are used for olive oil.
The Trattore Roussane 2010 has the image of a tractor on its label. The owner of Trattore Wines has had a passion for real tractors since he was a child. In fact, he named the winery Trattore, which is Italian for tractor. Visitors to the winery will notice an emphasis on tractors.
The Rousanne 2010 was produced with Roussane, Marsanne, and Viognier. Last night the straw color wine reminded us of a mouthful of fruit with tropical notes. The wine also had a hint of almonds. This wine would be delightful paired with hard cheese and crackers. The winery suggestions for pairing this Roussanne included roast chicken with herbs Provence, cheese soufflé or grilled vegetables.
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