2018 Lavender Ridge Vineyard Roussanne

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The Winery

2018 Lavender Ridge Vineyard tasting room is located in the town of Murphys in the lower Sierra Nevada foothills. Lavender Ridge specializes in Rhone varietal wines. They included Cotes du Calaveras Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Rolle, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rose, Grenache, Cotes du Calaveras, Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Vin Doux. They also feature an artisan cheese selection that is unique and has something for just about everyone. To read more about Lavender Ridge, see two previous articles:



The Wine

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

The Roussanne is powerful with floral aromatics, with hints of peaches, pears and with a rich and silky smooth mouthful texture, almost creamy. Roussanne on the eyes is a medium golden straw color with medium to medium heavy viscosity. On the nose floral aromatics, hints of pear, green apples, apricots waft into the senses. On the palate, you are treated to a silky smooth mouthful texture. The finish provides a soft nutty almond, compounded with a hint of honey and distinct minerality. This wine has made my Best Tasted in The Year for the last 3 years in the category of under $51. The current release is their 2020 and sells for $30/bottle. An invigorating alternative to Chardonnay.

The Food and Wine Pairing

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

Paired this evening with a “lighter” stir fried chicken with Bok Choy. Ingredients included sliced purple onions and topped with sesame seeds.  A very nice pairing with the lighter stir fried chicken, the wine softened the garlic and ginger components. The creaminess of the wine along with the fruit elements provided just enough to frame the meal.




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