A beautiful wine inspired by a wonderfully romantic play
A beautiful wine inspired by a wonderfully romantic play.
“I always loved the play Cyrano de Bergerac. I even developed a crush on Roxane, which is why I jumped at the chance to play the role of Cyrano in my high school play. After delivering the last line of dialogue: ‘My white plume!’ the audience fell silent. I have no idea whether it was because I was very good or very bad. (I’d like to believe very good!) To this day, I still think it’s a wonderfully romantic play, perfect for two beautiful wines.”
—Francis Ford Coppola
Light and graceful on the palate, Roxane boasts lively fresh cut citrus aromas crowned by just a kiss of orange blossom. White and pink grapefruit flavors are backed by sweeter notes of tropical fruits, creating a well-balanced palate that is both crisp and fleshy. The juicy flavors finish fresh and clean.
Sonoma County contains so many varied climates and appellations that growers can find the perfect home for almost every varietal imaginable. For this wine, we blended Vermentino with Vernaccia, another Italian varietal that has long been popular in Sardinia, where the coastal climate creates a light, refreshing wine to pair with seafood. The Vermentino and Vernaccia that create Roxane are grown in three Sonoma County vineyards that experience a similar marine influence producing crisp, vibrant expressions of the wine.
As with many white varietals, Vermentino and Vernaccia are harvested in the early morning hours, quickly pressed and fermented in stainless steel to retain the varietal’s natural acidity. We experienced an ideal vintage for our debut release of Roxane, where the season started with a cold, rainy winter that transitioned into warm spring and summer months. The vineyards benefited from diurnal conditions where chilly evenings contrasted warm daytime temperatures. This gave the vines extra hang time to accumulate flavor intensity while maintaining a good balanced acidity, which is important to this wine.