2013 Roussanne Ciel de Cheval, Red Mountain



Roussanne is one of the great white wine grapes from the Northern Rhone region.  After great success with Viognier at the site, Ciel du Cheval decided to plant five acres of Roussanne in 2000. Since then Roussanne from Ciel has exemplified the characteristics that make this a fabulous and distinctive variety. Typically, there are intense aromatics with tropical and citrus notes. While the palate is broad with a high-level of acid that gives the wine a long finish.

The 2013 season was warmer than normal, especially in the last half of August. This resulted in rapid ripening. of the Roussanne. Rather than harvesting early, based only on the sugar level, the decision to harvest was based on the flavor profile of the grapes. As a result, harvesting was delayed until the grapes were extremely ripe, resulting in intense flavors. The fruit was then whole cluster pressed to minimize bitterness due to phenolic extraction. Fermentation was conducted in stainless steel at low temperatures to preserve the fruitiness of the wine.


Rich with an intense nose. Tropical aromas of mango and papaya combine with peaches, lemon zest and apple blossoms. The palate is full with notes of banana, papaya, mango, tangerine, lime and hints of honey. Learn more ...

Varietal100% Roussanne
AppellationRed Mountain
VineyardCiel du Ceval
FermentationCold Fermentation in Stainless Steel
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date02/17/2014

This wine hs not been reviewed.

2013 Production Team

A grower owned winery, Côtes de Ciel was founded in 2012 by the Holmes family of Ciel du Cheval Vineyards. At Côtes de Ciel, we believe that all wine starts its journey in the vineyard and moves through the winery. Throughout this process, many people make a significant contribution and impact on the wine. Below are a few of the key people that impacted the 2013 vintage.

Richard Holmes Winemaker
Ryan Johnson Vineyard Manger
Elizabeth Jones Assistant Vineyard Manager
Jim and Pat Holmes   Grapegrower
Charlies Hoppes Consultant - Winemaking
Mitch Venohr Consultant - WInemaking
Hilary Sojlund Consultant - Enology

2013 Roussanne Ciel de Cheval, Red Mountain
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