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This silky, pear-inflected Roussanne comes
from California’s Sierra Foothills, an up-andcoming
zone for Rhône varietals.
What You Need To Know
The steep, rocky vineyards of the
Sierra Foothills have quietly turned out rustic wines for decades,
much of it affordable Zinfandel. But in the past decade this region
northeast of San Francisco has attracted a steady influx of
ambitious vintners drawn by the region’s granite soils, cool nights
and dry summer heat. The combination turns out to be ideal
for grape varieties native to France’s Rhône Valley, another sunny
region rich in granite. David Girard moved to the region to practice
law (his office is in Sacramento, about 45 minutes away)
but bitten by the local wine bug, he planted grapevines on his
85-acre mountain estate in 1998. Winemaker Mari Wells Coyle
displays a deft touch in this spicy, small-lot Roussanne, aging it
for just six months in oak barrels.
Nectarine and hay scents.
Creamy and spicy,
with rich pear
and lemon flavors.
Rich root vegetable dishes,
creamy vegetable or seafood
soups; poultry, pork and