I first tried the Walter Dacon 2008 Roussanne a week ago and must here and now acknowledge Vivian’s thorough understanding of my not-so-hidden wine desires (note to self: bring drool towel at next event). This Washington Roussanne was paired with a fantastic dish that would go well with a Riesling, Gewurztraminer or other white wine that is somewhat sweet. The tasty noodle salad consisted of shrimp, basil, mangoes, scallions, rice noodles, a bit of minced jalapeno and a rice wine vinegar based dressing.
Walter Dacon 2008 Roussanne has close to 2 percent residual sugar and is 14.2% alcohol. When Vivian told me the residual sugar (RS), I was surprised. This lovely white wine didn’t taste that sweet to me because it is so well balanced with the acid. This great balance that gives one’s palate a full experience in flavor; not just the sweetness normally associated with residual sugar.
Tonight, I am pairing this Walter Dacon Roussanne with Dijon chicken medallions and Brussels sprouts in cheese sauce. I am especially savoring the enhanced flavor of the chicken and spicy mustard sauce with this wine.
So yes, I am excited about finding another great Washington white wine. I enjoy this wine with or without food. On a sad note, I have heard that Walter Dacon did not make the Roussanne in 2009. So if you enjoy Roussannes or just want to try a very different Washington white wine I recommend getting to the winery in Shelton quick before it is all gone. Although Walter Dacon reds are usually more readily available than the white wines, check with your favorite wine retailer about the availability of the Roussanne. While you are at it, ask for the Viognier, another delicious white wine from Walter Dacon.