2014 Site Wines "Stolpman Vineyard" Roussanne Santa Barbara County

SKU #1390789 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the best Roussannes I was able to taste from California, Weintraub’s 2014 Roussanne Stolpman Vineyards is a fresh, lively, yet also rich and full-bodied white that has rocking notes of buttered citrus, flower oil, brioche and honeysuckle. Aged eight months in neutral oak, it’s a head-turner readers should snatch up. It should drink nicely for at least 2-4 years. I continue to be blown away by these wines from winemaker Jeremy Weintraub, who's also the winemaker for Adelaida in Paso Robles. Focusing on Rhone varieties, mostly from Ballard Canyon, the wines see a small amount of whole clusters, with the Grenache always aged in neutral puncheons and the Syrah mostly in new barrels. These are pure, balanced reds that possess top notch varietal character. (JD)  (8/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Toasted hazelnuts and preserved lemons show on the nose of this bottling, which is a tiny bit funky but grows more compelling and clean the longer it sits open. Medium in weight and body on the palate, it's a very savory white wine, with sea salt, lemon peels, nut oil, dried white flower and dried peach flavors. The texture is enveloping. *Editors' Choice* (MK)  (6/2018)

91 points Vinous

 Light bright yellow-gold. Fresh pear and nectarine aromas show very good depth and clarity, turning spicier with air. Silky, seamless and broad, offering an array of concentrated citrus and pit fruit flavors given lift and spine by a zesty mineral quality. A suave floral note comes up on the fragrant, persistent finish, which leaves behind vibrant Meyer lemon and ginger notes. (JR)  (9/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Distinctive and elegant, opening with buttered toast, pear and marmalade flavors that are rich and full, but the crisp acidity keeps everything fresh and vibrant, on a supple frame. Drink now. (MW)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The 2014 Site Roussanne Stolpman Vineyards is a classic. Aromatically, it hints at brioche, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. The mouth is rich with a clean finish."


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2019 | Send Email
This 100% Roussanne is fat, honeyed and waxy but with enough acidity to keep from being heavy or cloying. The smooth, plump middle of baked apricot and ripe stone fruits also hints at citrus, saffron and tarragon and there is a palate cleansing well water freshness to the finish. An outstanding bottle.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2019 | Send Email
Site's Roussanne starts out with a beautiful floral nose of honeysuckle and jasmine. Peach pit, spiced apricot preserve, almond croissant...interesting. Lush, full bodied and rich but with nice freshness and focus on the finish. A really lovely rendition of the varietal.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2019 | Send Email
Site continues to produce my favorite domestic Roussanne. Mellow and full of characteristic honey tones, this is a soft, wide-shouldered white with plenty of papaya and tropical fruit notes. A different and distinctive take on Roussanne that fans of Rhone Wines are sure to love.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2