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The 2011 shows the distinct flavors that are Roussanne and adds an intriguing Northwest twist to the mix. The classic honey and floral scents are there, along with a hint of roasted hazelnut. Very full-bodied for a white wine, it is concentrated and rich. Pear, mint, spices and mineral flavors evolve with time - the bottle was still drinking beautifully a day after opening, showing a zesty freshness that calls for a wide range of seafood: grilled shrimp, Halibut in a Bearre Blanc sauce or a classic French Bouillabaisse loaded with mussels and white fish. - Jean

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100% Roussanne, fermented in a 1000 liter French Oak oval cask and aged for nine months.

Fausse Piste winemaker Jesse Skiles calls this his "Ultimate Food Wine." The fruit was sourced from the top section at Outlook Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills sub AVA of the Yakima Valley. Our Roussanne comes from a single acre block at 1100 to 1400 in elevation Rocky basalt based soils from a steep south facing hillside overlooking the Yakima Valley. - Jesse

The Roussanne grape is originally from the Rhone Valley of France where it has been used as the backbone of white wine blends, including white Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

2009 Vintage The 2009 is a gorgeous, full bodied white wine with striking black pepper and pear aroma, apple, lime, peach and pear flavors, and citrus and mineral notes that extend and enhance the finish.

Owner and winemaker Jesse Skiles has been on quite the chase this year- he "searched out six new vineyards each featuring a different expression of the famed grapes of the Northern Rhone, Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne - and one very special block of Grenache - from a vineyard that could be right out of the home of the pope....."

The Roussanne grape is originally from the Rhone Valley of France where it has been used as the backbone of white wine blends, including white Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The Roussanne grapes for this wine come from a one acre block of the 105 acre Outlook Vineyard, located outside of Sunnyside, Washington in the Rattlesnake Hills of Washington State's Yakima Valley. The bulk of the fruit from Outlook Vineyard is used by owner Owen Roe for its signature bottlings. The vineyard was planted in 1982.

The Ortolan is a tiny "Bunting" - a bird ranging throughout Europe and Northern Africa. It is a controversial delicacy in France that is now protected as an endangered species.

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