Combe, 2019, Santa Barbara

Combe, 2019, Santa Barbara

Stolpman Vineyards

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Cuvée: Combe
Vintage: 2019
Grape(s): Trousseau
Fermentation: Native, Whole-Cluster
Appellation: Ballard Canyon
Region, Country: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Size: 750 ml
Winemaker(s): Ruben Solorzano

The wine:

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.

The Combe project:

Rajat Parr and Pete Stolpman’s esoteric collaboration is labelled “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.