Stolpman Vineyards, "Combe" Trousseau & Mondeuse 2020, Santa Barbara, CA
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Ballard Canyon
REGION: Santa Barbara
SUB-REGION: Santa Ynez Valley
GRAPES: Trousseau, Mondeuse
VINIFICATION: Stainless steel fermentation, bottled before fermentation
COLOR: Pale Salmon
TASTE: Crisp, Dry
PRIMARY AROMAS: Yeast, pear, melon, grapefruit, airy watermelon flesh,
FLAVOR: Pear, melon, raspberry, red currant, bitter citrus & earthy finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Serve with a chill. Perfect for aperitifs.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
“Over 20 years ago, our Founding Partner, Thomas Stolpman, discovered what we believe to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare Limestone outcropping & unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is ideally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. We are committed to preserving this natural environment for our vines through natural farming, dry farming, & sustainable employment. In the winery, we prefer native fermentation & minimal manipulation.
Dedicated to sensible farming & winemaking, we believe that we can create natural, vibrant, site-specific wines, with a focus unique to Ballard Canyon AVA, California.”
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
“Active, youthful 2 million year-old Limestone provides balancing acidity to all of our wines while the thin layer of dense clay topsoil above allows retention of moisture. Because of this one-two combo, we can withhold irrigation from the roots, forcing them to dig deep into the white rock and absorb all that terroir!
Daily mistrals originate from the cold Arctic flow of Pacific Ocean pushing through our fully-exposed hillsides. The Mojave far to our east sucks up the cold air as its desert heat rises – the vacuum creates a perennial wind tunnel through Ballard Canyon rivaling the Northern Rhone in force and relentlessness. Our hearty vines continue to photosynthesize in the wind but the fluttering leaves don’t suck for water. Without dilution, flavor concentration intensifies. The wind also knocks down fungal pressure, giving the winery team pristinely clean fruit.
Located at 34.6 degrees latitude, our equatorial solar rays help to ripen the grapes through the long, cool growing season. The sunlight stays strong, seeing us through our Autumn harvest. We rely on it to yellow our Chenin Blanc and paint our Roussanne a “Rouss” shade of gold.”