Saturday, June 2, 2007

Rating: **+ 2004 Stolpman Vineyards L'Avion, Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Review: I've been looking forward to an introduction to the Rhone-based roussanne grape, and this combination roussanne/sauvignon blanc was a start. The name L'Avion comes from the block of vines at Stolpman which now fill an area that was an airstrip early in the 1900's.

The wine itself shows a light yellow in the glass. The nose is interesting, though a bit confusing at first - honey and acids together. The taste first comes across as bright, then turns lightly sweet. The back of the mouth notices some significant acids and slight lemon notes appear in the flavor.

This one didn't garner top marks in the tasting room, but would be more interesting with a summer meal.

This wine was sampled as part of our brief expedition cruising Santa Ynez Valley.

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