With 18 acres of Roussanne, Stolpman Vineyards accounts for over 5% of planted acreage of the grape in California. The notoriously late-ripening, sluggish varietal is perfectly suited to our Ballard Canyon site:Low humidity and high afternoon winds blowing off the Pacific combine to prevent fungal issues that plague the grape in Europe and other wetter regions.Intense, late season, Southern Latitude Sun: the Roussanne tans to its beautiful namesake “Rousse” - or rust color. Our experienced crew, La Cuadrilla, hand plucks every leaf away from the fruit through the early summer and then rotates each cluster once one side turns golden – usually in early September. Only evenly tanned fruit is then visually selected during multiple hand-harvesting passes.
Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne
Varietal Blend 88% Roussanne/12% Chardonnay
Fermented in 500L French Oak Puncheons
Aged 9 months in oak Puncheons
Total Production 1450 cases