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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Maria Solorzano is the unsung hero/forewoman of Stolpman Vineyards. She has spent her career tending to the vines, realizing the viticultural visions of her husband Ruben, who is Stolpman's head vineyard manager. Maria grew up in the small Jaliscan village of Santa Cruz two hours away from Guadalajara and just a few miles from Ruben’s ranchito. Combe is a collaborative label between Stolpman Vineyards and legendary sommelier, Rajat Parr. The name “combe” refers to the French word for a small, sheltered valley within a vineyard, and reflects their collective vision to create wines that are similar to those of the Jura in France. Stolpman’s limestone soils and cooler location proved ideal for the light red trousseau grape, known for producing vibrant, aromatic wines. The fruit designated for the pét-nat was picked first in August, then transferred overnight to Michael Cruse’s sparkling wine facility in Petaluma. It was fermented towards dryness, then finished fermentation in the bottle, lending it a delicate effervescence. Each bottle was disgorged and then refilled prior to bottling to maintain a consistent head. Pale straw in color, it displays a fine, elegant mousse that evokes Champagne. Zesty acidity lends lift and brightness to flavors of cherry, apple, and pear, with faint hints of tropical fruit. It finishes with a luxurious creamy texture and elegant limestone minerality. Sustainably grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.