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Trousseau Gris and Noir from Jura and Russian River Valley


I find it hard to believe that the summer is ending.  A quick review of my files, both digital and paper, confirm what I already know, I am once again behind in posting my tasting notes.  As such I have not written about my recent enjoyment of Trousseau Gris and Trousseau Noir.  There is not much Trousseau Gris in California, what I have tasted is all from the Fanuchi-Wood Road Vineyard, so it is interesting to see the variation in style.  The 2012 Wind Gap, Trousseau Gris, Fanuchi-Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley appears on the cusp of settling down.  There are rich offerings on the nose and in the mouth with enough crisp acidity to move it along.  Part of the fun is tasting the different flavors as the wine warms up.   For me the 2012 Benedicte & Stephane Tissot, Trousseau, Arbois is all about the nose.  Simply beautiful!  The flavors were not as developed but did show a minerality that must be due to the limestone soils.  Until I can catch up on my tasting notes I simply recommend you try all the Trousseau based wines that you can!  The change in style will be refreshing.  The Wind Gap was purchased at Flatiron Wines and the Tissot at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Wind Gap, Trousseau Gris, Fanuchi-Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley – $26
This wine is 100% Trousseau Gris sourced from primarily sandy soils.  The fruit was foot crushed before whole cluster fermentation in concrete eggs.  It was raised in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak.  Alcohol 12.3%.  The color was a light yellow straw.  There were rich aromas on the nose, almost petrol like, developing into the tropical spectrum, all the while remaining crisp.  In the mouth were rich, white fruit flavors, and a nice body in the middle.  The crisp acidity was present at the start and middle, supporting the strong flavors which were reminiscent of red wine when warm.  The structure was mild before the somewhat rough flavors in the finish and long aftertaste.  **(*) Now-2015.

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2012 Benedicte & Stephane Tissot, Trousseau, Arbois – $25
Imported by Potomac Selections.  This wine is 100% Trousseau Noir sourced from biodynamic vines averaging 40 years of age located on limestone soils.  It was raised in a combination of oak barrel and tank.  Alcohol 13%.  There was a good fragrance that I found hard to describe but my mom noted as incense.  In the mouth was a gentle start with flavors following the aromas.  There was some ripe blue, tart flavors on the tongue, and ripe texture.  Though the wine was lighter in profile it had some cat’s tongue tannins.  With air it showed good graphite notes that mixed with blue and black fruit.  A very solid wine.  ** Now-2015.

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