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Texas!! Texas!! Texas!! I never knew nor thought there are wineries or vineyards in Texas. This week's wine is a Roussanne and comes from the Texas Hills Vineyards which is a relatively young and is located in the Pedernales River Valley Johnson City, Texas.
This little known grape is very interesting it is a white wine grape, Roussanne originally grown in regions with a Mediterranean climate such as the Rhône region in France. In warm climates such as Texas, this grape will produce a wine with a full body, rich in flavors of honey and pear. The soils of the Pedernales River Valley region are said to be much like that of the Tuscan countryside, bringing an Italian influence to a very American region. Due to the sensitivity of this particular grape it is often blended to help obtain consistent yield. A report from 2007 from the “The Essential Guide" University of California Press claims “Recent plantings on the high plains of west Texas have shown great promise even in its dry, windy climate”. So look for more of this wine in the rolling hillsides of the Lone Star State of Texas!
The nose of the Texas Hills Vineyards Roussanne is often reminiscent of a flowery herbal tea, with an enjoyable fruit salad like taste, however this wine will fully open up after laid down for 7 to 8 years. It may be fully enjoyed earlier if blended after 3 to 4 years.
I recommend pairing this Roussanne with Halibut, Crab, Lobster, Turkey, Duck, or Ham.
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