This wine blew me away today at Sager & Wilde. It’s a varietal Trousseau (aka Bastardo) from the Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara County. The soils here have a feature that’s quite rare in California: limestone. The Stolpman property is 220 acres and 153 are under vine. In 2013 they grafted across just one acre to Trousseau, and the following year had the first crop. And this is the debut release, made by Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman. They nailed it: this is a truly fabulous, drinkable, elegant, textured wine. It’s three-quarters whole cluster, and no oak was used in the elevage. Not much made, so hurry if you want to try it.
Stolpman Vineyards Ballard Canyon Trousseau ‘Combe’ 2014 Santa Barbara County, California
13% alcohol. This is sensational. Light in colour it has lovely sweet red cherry with a hint of marzipan and some meatiness. Such a lovely texture: almost weightless with amazing silky finesse. This has astonishing drinkability. A faint hint of green sappiness, too. 94/100
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