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|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 the ocean, 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). Stolpman’s plot of trousseau has since expanded to 3.5 acres and has thrived in the hot, dry conditions in Ballard Canyon. For this 2020 edition of their “Pet’Nat,” the Stolpman vintners incorporated grapes from their tiny plot of mondeuse with the trousseau, to brighten up the flavor and color. Fermentation took place under the guidance of Michael Cruse of Cruse Wine Co. in Petaluma. Before all of the natural sugars fermented completely, Michael bottled the wine to allow bubbles to develop and subsequently disgorged each bottle after aging. Watermelon meets pear in an ever-so-slightly rosé sparkler with texture and zest. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.