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Top Rated Roussanne

Line Shack Winery

Commonly blended with Marsanne to create a rich, full-bodied white wine, Roussanne is best cultivated in the appellation of Hermitage, where it flourishes to reach its finest expression. When ripe, the grape achieves a russet color, which likely identifies the root of the name. A dry, rich and aromatic wine, Roussanne is commonly grown in California vineyards. When grown in warm climates, the wine produced is rich and full-bodied, with flavors of pear and honey; in cooler climates, the wine is more delicate, with a floral essence and a higher acidity. Below are the best Roussannes we've tasted, starting with our highest rated wines.

 

Stolpman Vineyards
2007 L'Avion
Santa Ynez Valley, CA
14.5/20

$40

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Tablas Creek Vineyard
2006 Roussanne
Paso Robles, CA
14.5/20

$27

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Callaway Vineyard & Winery
2005 Winemaker's Reserve Roussanne
Temecula Valley, CA
14/20

$25

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Donelan
2011 Venus Roussanne
Sonoma County, CA
14/20

$45

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Les Deux Chats
2009 Roussanne
Lodi, CA
14/20

$22

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Line Shack
2007 Roussanne
San Antonio Valley, CA
14/20

$17

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Eberle
2005 Roussanne
Paso Robles, CA
13.5/20
$22

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Vampire Vineyards
2009 Chateau du Vampire Roussanne
Paso Robles, CA
13.5/20
$25

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Zaca Mesa
2005 Roussanne
Santa Ynez Valley, CA
13.5/20
$25

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South Coast Winery
2007 Roussanne
Temecula Valley, CA
13/20

$20

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Thornton Winery
2011 Roussane
Temecula Valley, CA
13/20

$19

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