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2008 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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2008 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 | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($38; 100% roussanne for all intents) Green-tinted gold. An expansive, highly perfumed bouquet displays poached pear, tangerine, smoky lees and honeysuckle. Deeply pitched orchard and pit fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and pick up notes of botanical herbs and chamomile with air. A pretty wild ride, with lively citrus and mineral qualities adding definition to a long, sappy finish. The food-matching possibilities here are endless.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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