Stolpman Vineyards L'Avion Roussanne 2017

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£35.95 per bottle
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Aged for 20 months in 500L Ermitage Vache Forest puncheon, 60% New. Total production: 480 cases.

Stolpman’s southern location near 34 degrees latitude gives the Roussanne grapes intense solar radiation to tan the fruit to their namesake "Rousse" or Rust color. Limestone soils and pacific-influenced cold nights combine to maintain acidity late in the year. Low humidity and high winds keep the grapes clear of maid.

Wine destined for L'Avion goes through three cuts. First, only the two older blocks of Roussanne are eligible for L'Avion. Then, only the prettiest, evenly "Rousse" - or suntanned - clusters are selected. Finally, only the team’s favorite barrels are chosen. L'Avion accounts for only 25-33% of total Roussanne production at Stolpman each year.

Winemaker: “The texture - the mouthfeel - of the 2017 L'Avion might im press me even more than the wine's explosively concentrated flavor profile, at least upon release, in the wine's infancy. This golden elixir coats with the soft suppleness of a lush red wine - a depth that already enveloped the new French oak - and then it goes further with a billowy, feathered suppleness. All of this decadence is lifted with a citrus glaze and lemon verbena above the usual, telltale L'Avion character: honeysuckle, golden pineapple, and this year even peaches and cream.”

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Aged for 20 months in 500L Ermitage Vache Forest puncheon, 60% New. Total production: 480 cases.

Stolpman’s southern location near 34 degrees latitude gives the Roussanne grapes intense solar radiation to tan the fruit to their namesake "Rousse" or Rust color. Limestone soils and pacific-influenced cold nights combine to maintain acidity late in the year. Low humidity and high winds keep the grapes clear of maid.

Wine destined for L'Avion goes through three cuts. First, only the two older blocks of Roussanne are eligible for L'Avion. Then, only the prettiest, evenly "Rousse" - or suntanned - clusters are selected. Finally, only the team’s favorite barrels are chosen. L'Avion accounts for only 25-33% of total Roussanne production at Stolpman each year.

Winemaker: “The texture - the mouthfeel - of the 2017 L'Avion might im press me even more than the wine's explosively concentrated flavor profile, at least upon release, in the wine's infancy. This golden elixir coats with the soft suppleness of a lush red wine - a depth that already enveloped the new French oak - and then it goes further with a billowy, feathered suppleness. All of this decadence is lifted with a citrus glaze and lemon verbena above the usual, telltale L'Avion character: honeysuckle, golden pineapple, and this year even peaches and cream.”

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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California is the largest and most important wine region in the US – in fact, if California were a separate country it would be the world’s fourth largest wine producer! California stretches along the west coast of the USA meaning that soils and climates vary enormously depending on the area’s altitude, latitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Generally the cooler regions closer to the coast are most suited to the growing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, whilst further inland (where the climate is much hotter) some of California’s most famous Cabernet Sauvignon wines are grown. The famous Ridge Estate is located here and produces some of the best and most sought after wines in California. If you enjoy Chardonnay, we highly recommend you take a look at Liquid Farm Winery, whose Chardonnay’s (we believe!) rival those of Burgundy. Within California you find some world famous regions including Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast and Santa Barbara and within these can be found small sub-regions, known as AVA’s with unique micro-climates creating characterful, terroir driven wines. Our selection includes some exclusives to the Vinorium such as Anthill Farms Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir 2014, Talbott’s Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay 2016 from their legendary Grand Cru rated vineyard and Chanin’s Sandford & Benedict Chardonnay 2014. Other highlights of our California collection include the cult wines from Orin Swift, the incredible wines of DuMol, a favourite of James Suckling, the 100 point scoring Continuum and many other icon of US wines like Varner, Ramey, Paul Lato and Stolpman.

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