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2003 Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne L'Avion Santa Ynez Valley
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Tom and Marilyn Stolpman founded this Central Coast winery in 1990. The dry-farmed vineyard plantings here are one of the great viticultural stories of California...

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2003 Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne L'Avion Santa Ynez Valley

Producer: Stolpman Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Roussanne
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2005

($22; 90% roussanne, 8% viognier and 2% sauvignon blanc) Yellow-gold. Flamboyant aromas of apricot, cyanic peach pit, smoke, honeycomb, minerals and nuts. Opulent and generous, with a dominant flavor of peach nectar. A rich, dry, nutty and distinctly chewy wine whose slightly bitter-edged phenolic bite on the end contributes to the impression of freshness. This was aged in new 500-liter French barrels.

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Like its conventional blending partner Marsanne, Roussane is most frequently associated with the northern Rhone Valley. It joins Marsanne as the only white varieties grown in the appellations of St. Joseph, Hermitage, and Crozes-Hermitage. When blended, these two varieties produce rich, full-bodied white wines that reach their finest expression in...
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