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Wine Recommendation

Ledgewood Creek Winery & Vineyards 2005 Roussanne, Estate (Suisun Valley)

Ledgewood Creek Winery & Vineyards

2005 Roussanne, Estate
(Suisun Valley)

Rousanne is a tricky and little-understood grape variety from the Rhône Valley that can be the support base for white Rhône blends made in the United States.

As a lead grape, however, it has even less recognition, and that’s almost precisely why wine maker Larry Langbehn, long-time Napa Valley wine maker, decided to make this wine as a varietal and make it the way he did.

Keeping the wine as fresh and as fruit-lively as possible, Langbehn extracted delicate dried pears and figs from the grape that are evident in the aroma, and then he added in 15% Viognier to give the wine one additional note of florality.

The wine is dry and has no oak sticking out of it, so the result is a succulent and delicately complex white wine that delivers a certain mild richness on the tongue that works nicely with seafood.

The fact that Suisun Valley is so little known as a fine wine-growing region, and that Ledgewood Creek has no worldwide reputation for high quality wines, has kept the price for this wine to an absurd under-$13 price point. It’s a startlingly good value.

Reviewed November 24, 2006 by Dan Berger.

The Wine

Winery: Ledgewood Creek Winery & Vineyards
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Roussanne
Appellation: Suisun Valley
Grapes: Roussanne (85%), Viognier (15%)
Price: 750ml $12.00, case$122.40

Review Date: 11/24/2006

The Reviewer

Dan Berger

Dan Berger has been reviewing wine for 30 years, always seeking character related to varietal type and regional identity. He has never used numbers to rank wine and doesn’t plan to start any time soon. He believes that weight and concentration aren’t the only worthy aspects of wine and is especially smitten by cool-climate and food-friendly wines that offer distinctiveness.