With 18 acres of Roussanne, Stolpman Vineyards accounts for over 5% of planted acreage of the grape in California. The notoriously late-ripening, sluggish varietal is perfectly suited to Stolpman's Ballard Canyon site. Low humidity and high afternoon winds blowing off the Pacific combine to prevent fungal issues that plague the grape in Europe and other wetter regions. Intense, late season, Southern Latitude Sun; the Roussanne tans to its beautiful namesake "Rousse" - or rust color. Stolpman's experienced crew, La Cuadrilla, hand plucks every leaf away from the fruit through the early summer and then rotates each cluster once one side turns golden – usually in early September. Only evenly tanned fruit is then visually selected during multiple hand-harvesting passes.
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2018 Estate Roussanne contains 12% Chardonnay from the Stolpman estate and was aged in a small portion of new wood. The nose opens with dried hay and beeswax with notes of baklava, lemon and white peaches. The medium to full-bodied palate is rounded and savory with gentle freshness and a long, yeasty finish. 1,600 cases produced."