2016 Roussanne

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2016 Roussanne
2016 Roussanne

Originally allocated for our reserve white blend, this year we decided to show off this wine as its own single varietal wine. A small case production means this wine will sell quickly.

Lush tropical fruit, bright pepper.

Tasting notes

Our Roussanne presents a pleasant and surprising mouth-feel full of lush tropical fruit and bright pepperiness. This wine pairs well with buttery sauces filled with slow cooked vegetables or rich shellfish like scallop, crab, and lobster. It also makes for an exciting alternative pairing at Thanksgiving dinner to a standard Chardonnay.

Production notes

Cultivated at the newly acquired Creston Ridge Estate vineyard, this is our first vintage working with Roussanne. These grapes were originally allocated for our white Rhone blend. Impressed with its intense and unique quality, Matt Merrill and Jim Shumate also decided to showcase it as an exceptional single varietal wine. Fermented in neutral oak for 6 months.

Varietal Composition100% Roussanne
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardCreston Ridge Vineyard
DesignationCreston Ridge Vineyard
Sugar?? BRIX
Acid.66 G/L TA
Aging4 Months Neutral Oak
Residual Sugar0.09%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date02/01/2017
Cases Produced72

Made entirely from hand-picked, estate-grown grapes from the hillsides of our Creston Ridge vineyard with limestone shale rock soils in the El Pomar District. The cooling Templeton Gap breezes moderate summer temperatures and combine with our Linne Calado soils for ideal high quality wine grape growing conditions.

Jim Shumate, Winemaker
A native of Southern California, Jim's first wine job was working in the barrel room at Meridian Vineyards, where his budding career was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker Chuck Ortman. After several vintages with Meridian as Senior Lab Technician and Senior Barrel Technician, Jim moved on to become Cellar Master and Consulting Winemaker at Templeton Wine Services (where he first met Pomar Junction CEO, Dana Merrill). From 1999 to 2008, this full-service processing facility afforded Jim the opportunity to work with a wide range of varietals, styles and volumes – from small, high-end lots to several-thousand-case productions.
While making wine for Templeton Wine Services, Jim was also busy working toward a degree in Enology at Cal Poly University. His involvement at Cal Poly eventually led to an invitation to develop and manage the Cal Poly pilot winery which opened in 2008. As Cellar Master, Winemaker, and Lecturer for the new campus winery, Jim instructed students on procedural operations of all winery equipment, demonstration of lab analysis and interpretation of results. Additionally, Jim co-taught advanced enology classes, operated and repaired all winemaking equipment, and established a new bottling line for the campus winery. After several vintages of hands-on teaching from fruit to bottling, Jim took the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July, 2011.
He lives in Paso Robles with his wife and children.
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