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Vintage: 2006 | 2007
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Appellation: El Dorado
Vineyard:
Elen Ridge Vineyard
Varietal:
Roussanne
Clone:
Tablas Creek
Age: 10 years
Elevation: 2400 feet
Soil: Decomposed granite with
clay-loam
Yield: 2 tons/acre

single_pixel Harvested: Sept 14, 2006
Pressed: Sept 14, 2006
Blend: 98% Roussanne <2% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented,
little to no MLF
Barrel aging:
10.5 mos in a 4 yr FO barrel
Bottled:
July 21, 2007
Production:
23 cases
Release date:
Fall 2007
 
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We fell in love with Roussanne years ago after enjoying a Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf du Pâpe from Beaucastel. Roussanne possesses a distinct combination of richness and acidity which together create
a harmony and balance like no other white wine.  We are calling our Roussanne Tamarindo because of its similar dichotomy and harmony between sugar and acid. In 2006, we nearly doubled our production and were forced to divide and conquer at times, resulting in our debut Roussanne production becoming Jared’s project.  He did a stellar job.  Not one to ever force the wines to do anything they do not want to do, his single barrel of Roussanne is our record breaking fermentation at 10  months!  It was pressed whole cluster and barrel fermented in neutral French oak sur lie, with bi-weekly stirring of the lees.  Malolactic fermentation did not happen.

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Aromas of apricot, grapefruit, honey and minerals are nearly intoxicating.  With an impeccable balance
of acid and richness, this fabulously dense and lush white wine lingers long after the last drop leaves your palette.