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2009 Stolpman Vineyards L'Avion Santa Ynez Valley
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About Stolpman Vineyards

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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2009 Stolpman Vineyards 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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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(spent 15 months on its lees):  Straw-gold.  Sexy leesy scents give a smoky, carnal quality to the aromas of orange blossom, wild mint and botanical herbs.  A gamey, very dry midweight, in a distinctly Old World style, with plenty of alcoholic weight but fruit currently in the background.  Melts into the palate on the aftertaste like a sake.  (ST)

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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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