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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Stolpman Vineyards has wowed fans of site-specific, organic, low-intervention wines for two decades with their signature roussanne and syrah releases. Their 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 southeast 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). For this “vin gris,” the Stolpman team foot-stomped the light-skinned trousseau and let it soak for 1-5 days on the skins, while pressing the darker-skinned mondeuse immediately. The mix produced a light-salmon-colored rosé, aged half in tank and half in used oak, that pairs freshness with texture, brightness with depth. Expect watermelon, sour cherry, and rose: eminently refreshing. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.