A very appropriate way to celebrate the recent reopening of the Gateway Arch museum is with a bottle of Muddy Arch Roussanne. Although this delicious white wine is made in California, Muddy Arch is produced by Leonard Wine Co., a venture launched in 2013 by St. Louisan Tom Leonard and his winemaker son Chris, who grew up in St. Louis and is now based in Napa, Calif.
While the label is a tribute to our city’s iconic landmark and the Mississippi River, the roussanne grape hails from France, where it is a key player in Rhône whites including those from the prestigious appellations of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. While the grape is also grown in the U.S., there’s not a lot of it so the Muddy Arch is a real treat. The wine recently became available at select area retailers including Straub’s, the Wine Merchant, Wine and Cheese Place, Lukas Wine and Spirits, and the Schnucks in Kirkwood. The wine ranges in price from about $18 to $23.
Muddy Arch 2016, Roussanne, Calif.
Bought • Straub’s, 211 West Lockwood Aveune, in July for $22.99
Description • This lovely, medium- to full-bodied white is a small production wine (only 300 cases were made). Fermented with Champagne yeast and aged in oak for nine months, the Muddy Arch is a rich and luscious wine made from 100 percent roussanne. It has inviting floral aromatics and tastes of stone fruits like apricots and nectarines with a touch of honey and citrus. This is a soft, well-balanced and elegant white that ends with a long finish. It’s best enjoyed with a meal including seafood, particularly shellfish cooked in cream sauce, roast chicken and other white meats.