Stolpman Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2018
In the glass, the wine has a limpid, shimmering, polished silver color, with flashes of yellow-green at the edge. White grapefruit, Meyer lemon and bergamot emerge in the nose, with fleeting suggestions of dried apples, citrus oil, and Comice pears moving in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass.
Malolactic fermentation and maturation in the large neutral barrels result in a sumptuous, mouth-coating wine; rounder and fuller than expected, with flavors of citrus and apples that echo the nose, along with freshly grated nutmeg, spearmint leaves, and verbena, all interwoven with firmly hewn, salty limestone minerality.
About this wine producer: Pete Stolpman’s unique estate in the heart of Ballard Canyon has provided grapes to such extraordinary producers as Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non, and Adam Tolmach at the Ojai Vineyard. In 2016, ten-year Ballard Canyon veteran winemaker, Kyle Knapp joined Stolpman as winemaker, and together with vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano, called “the vine whisperer” by the Santa Barbara Independent, Stolpman Vineyards is producing some of the most profoundly beautiful estate-bottled Rhône varietal wines in California.