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2005 Sine Qua Non Roussanne Vin de Paille Atlantis Fe203-3e California (half bottle)
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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2008

($125; for 375 ml.; 8.2% alcohol with 352 grams per liter of residual sugar) Deep gold color. Hugely aromatic, gaudy bouquet of peach, apricot, blond tobacco, mint and dried flowers. Spicy pit fruit flavors stain the palate, gaining depth and sweetness with air. Finishes with a degree of lift and cut that I would never expect from such a rich, sugar-laden wine. These grapes came from the Alban vineyard.

97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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Roussanne

Like its conventional blending partner Marsanne, Roussane is most frequently associated with the northern Rhone Valley. It joins Marsanne as the only white varieties grown in the appellations of St. Joseph, Hermitage, and Crozes-Hermitage. When blended, these two varieties produce rich, full-bodied white wines that reach their finest expression in...
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