| 2005 Garretson Wine Paso Robles Roussanne 375mL|
Paso Robles, California
Ultraripe, with the aroma of roasted peanuts and honey. On the palate it shows more vibrancy and freshness, with a touch of fig and apricot, turning unctuous.
-From Wine Spectator
The fact that Paso Robles has emerged as California’s leading “Rhône Zone” can be attributed in no small measure to the efforts of Mat Garretson. This former Atlantan was already a fan of Syrah, but it was his introduction to Viognier that opened his eyes to the entire spectrum of this exotic family of grape varieties. “In 1982, a fellow retailer gave me a bottle of wine labeled ‘Condrieu’ as a birthday present,” recalls Garretson. “I wasn’t too impressed...until I opened the bottle.” That bottle sparked an obsession so complete that Garretson is often referred to as ‘Mr. Viognier’ by his fellow winemakers.
At the time of his ‘one bottle epiphany,’ Rhône wines in America were relegated to cult wine status. “By the late 80s there were some very profound wines being made from Rhône varieties in California,” remembers Garretson, “but they were mainly seen as a curiosity by the public. I felt that if Rhône wines were ever going to catch on in this country somebody had better start beating the drum.” And seeing the need, that’s exactly what he did.
-From Garreston Wines