2018 Stolpman "Combe" Trousseau Ballard Canyon
Bottled without sulfur or other additions
Winemaker Notes: The progression of Combe Trousseau has been a fun ride to experience in a very short time period: First came the light-bodied funkiness of 2014 and 2015 . The more elegant and complex 2016 stepped up the depth. The cohesive purity of 2017 then took the cake. The 2018 holds up the trend in packing pleasure and nuance into a fun, light-bodied red wine. Cherry Juice and a voluptuous mouthfeel - pure deliciousness. It seems we've gained a handle on this finicky varietal!
Rajat Parr and Pete Stolpman’s esoteric collaboration is labeled “Combe” referring to the French word for a small sheltered valley within a vineyard. Sometime around 2010, Rajat Parr became convinced of the great potential for the pale red Trousseau grape on the Limestone soils of Stolpman Vineyards. We decided to partner with him to make a light red Trousseau and a Trousseau Pet’Nat. The first vintage for the Trousseau wines was 2014, and we now have 3.5 acres planted to the varietal. Our 1.5 acres of Chenin began producing in 2016. The tiny first crop of Mondeuse made it into the 2019 Vin Gris and should make up the majority of this delicious dark pink wine in 2020. We continue to propagate Poulsard and Savagnin and we hope to start seeing fruit within a few years. Savagnin will be planted more widely while we will wait to taste our experimental block of Poulsard before further commitment.
At The Winery
We fixate on nailing just the right amount of extraction to produce both an attractive light red color and floaty richness. We also remain wary to not pick up wonky tannins that would interfere with the straight pleasure this cuvee delivers every year. Only one pump-over per day to circulate the juice until half way through fermentation, then in the hopes of a bit more fleshy texture, we commence once-daily punch downs for 3 consecutive days. This wine consists of only free run (no press wine) to maintain purity. Bottled without sulfur or other additions.
2019 Combe Trousseau might be a touch darker than 2017 or 2018 but it remains the same light-bodied juicy juice masher that I have come to love. With that said, the wine is structured, firm and happy to get geeked out upon.
Wine Enthusiast - "The Stolpman team is on the leading edge of the domestic fresh and bright red wine movement, and this may be the most symbolic example. Zesty aromas of framboise and anise lead into a snappy sip where fresh berries meet with slight herbs and mild spice. Editors’ Choice"