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2006 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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2006 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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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2008

($35; almost all roussanne, with "5% to 10% viognier," according to winemaker Sashi Moorman) Yellow-gold. Exotic, strongly perfumed bouquet evokes apricot, honey, spun sugar and dried flowers. Sappy and deeply concentrated, with powerful pit fruit flavors and a late note of lime zest. Wild stuff, with impressive back-end lift and finishing minerality. This doesn't want to let go of your palate. Would be great with washed rind or blue cheeses.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Tired of the same old white white! Try something different
11/07/2009
by manzo13619389
Try this blend of 90% Roussane and 10% Viognier from California's Santa Ynez Valley. The gold tone color and explosive bouquet suggests a rich multi-layered wine and the taste and long finish confirms that impression produced by Rhone varietal specialist Stolpman Vineyards. Their Syrahs are also recommended.

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Roussanne

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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