Stolpman Combe Trousseau Ballard Canyon 2020

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Stolpman Combe Trousseau Ballard Canyon 2020
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Country USA
Region California
Appellation/Sub-Region Ballard Canyon
Grapes Trousseau
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

Stolpman Vineyards’ location in Santa Barbara County’s Ballard Canyon, with its dry climate, exposure to ocean winds, and limestone soils, has proven uniquely well situated for grape varieties associated with eastern and southern France. Starting in 2010, Peter Stolpman began an experiment in Jura grapes—trousseau, savagnin, and later mondeuse—that resulted in a new line of wines he called “Combe” (after the French word for a sheltered valley within a vineyard). Their plot of trousseau has since expanded to 3.5 acres and consistently produces a relatively light (for the dark-skinned trousseau) red of unique character and liveliness. Trousseau is famously difficult to grow, as it requires hot, dry conditions but can easily get too much sun exposure. The farming crew at Stolpman Vineyards (known as “La Cuadrilla”) seems to have no trouble nurturing this and their other varieties: the 2020 crop thrived despite a late-season heat wave. As with previous vintages, the winery team left a third of the clusters whole to bring out trousseau’s signature savory flavors. Red fruit and crushed herbs ride a super-smooth texture to a long finish. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.