Horton Vineyards 2008 Rousanne Reserve

By. Neil Williamson, Editor

There are times I have used words such as simple or complex to describe a wine.  Just as with people, it is important not to put too much weight on your very first impressions.

Upon opening the 2008 Roussanne Reserve, I found the citrus notes in the wine to be overly dominant but after just three minutes opening up in the glass the beautifully complex wine came to life.

While there is some debate, it is likely the Rousanne grape originated in Eastern France’s Rhône valley. Traditionally a blending grape, the varietal takes its name from “roux”, the French word for “russet”—an apt description of the grapes’ reddish gold skins at harvest.

Roussanne is one of six white grape varietals permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

A slightly pale honey color in the glass, this wine presents with a nose filled sweet bakery notes and hints of lemongrass.

Granny Smith apple dominates the attack leading to a midpalate that starts with apricot and floral notes transforming to a citrus explosion of grapefruit, lemon and orange blossom.  The pleasant finish continues the citrus theme and adds an undercurrent of honey and apricot.

This wine would pair exceedingly well with lobster risotto, Pad Thai or rosemary roasted chicken.


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