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Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne 2014

Roussanne from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A voluptuously rich, full-bodied wine. The 2014 Roussanne remains bright and lively thanks to relatively high acid. Like our 2014 reds, the Roussanne is exceedingly approachable now, or cellar it two to five years for an even more luxuriously rich profile. A creamy mouthfeel with a bouquet of white flower, lemon meringue, and sweet cedar.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
In recent years, I have sometimes thought to myself, "What happens when a winemaker mixes in some Chardonnay with Roussanne?" The 2014 Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne—a tantalizing blend of 85% Roussanne and 15% Chardonnay—seems to give the wine a bit of perkiness on the palate. This delicious wine showing core fruit, minerality, and an accent of oak in the flavors is a beautiful cocktail or light entrée wine. Drinks well now. (Tasted: October 19, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Stolpman Vineyards

Stolpman Vineyards

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Stolpman Vineyards, California
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Stolpman Vineyards is located in Ballard Canyon, just 15 miles from the coast. The location lends to warm days with cool nights. Tom and Marilyn Stolpman planted their first grapes in 1992 and today have 120 planted acres. The vineyard continues to be a dynamic location for the planting of Syrah, Sangiovese and Rousanne. Jeff Newton and Larry Finkle, along with our Vineyard Manager, Ruben Solorzano, have recently planted high density vines and continue to explore the standards of what it takes to make the best quality grapes from southern exposed vines and limestone soil.
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Ballard Canyon

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Accounting for only ten percent of the greater Santa Ynez AVA, Ballard Canyon’s north-south orientation provides an ideal pattern of sunshine and martime fog for producing excellent Syrah. While Syrah is planted to half of the total AVA acreage, an additional third is dedicated to other Rhône varieties, red and white.

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Roussanne

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Full and silky in body but also charmingly crisp, Roussanne makes a stellar blending grape. Thought to be native to the Rhône Valley of France, and still predominantly grown there, it is responsible for some of the finest Northern Rhône white wines. Roussanne adds richness and acidity to Marsanne’s soft, fruitiness, making the age worthy and highly respected whites from the appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St.-Joseph. It has also earned approval as one of the white varieties for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

In the Glass

Persistent aromas of exotic herbal tea, a full body nearly as complex as a red wine, and distinct apricot and honey flavors make Roussanne unique. With age, these wines gain a more oily or glycerin texture.

Perfect Pairings

Richer fish dishes such as salmon, lobster, crab or grilled shrimp work well with Roussanne and its blends. A meal of roast chicken with herbs and winter vegetables is also delicious. Stuffed butternut squash, vegetarian curry and baked brie with apricots are other ideas to pair with Roussanne based wines.

Sommelier Secret

Roussanne takes its name from the French word “roux,” meaning rouge or red because of the grapes’ pink glow. In California, virtually all of the 339 acres of Roussanne come from true clones brought over by Tablas Creek and John Alban.

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