2013 Stolpman "L'Avion" Estate Santa Ynez Valley Roussanne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A cellar selection that comes from two blocks of older Roussanne vines that were planted in 1996 and 2001, the 2013 L'Avion (100% barrel-fermented Roussanne) is beautiful, and a clear step up over the straight Roussanne. Giving up fabulous notes of butter peach, creme, flower, brioche and honey, it's full-bodied, concentrated and juicy, with beautiful freshness balanced by plenty of fruit. I'd drink it over the coming year or two, but it will certainly have an interesting evolution well past that. This will give many an Hermitage and St Joseph Blanc a run for their money. (JD)
Two thousand thirteen is one of my favorite recent vintages of Stolpman's Roussanne L'Avion, as it has impeccable balance of intense fruit and freshness, with layers of flavor that flesh out nicely over time. The 2013 continues to be a gorgeous wine. This is one of the best showings yet of the 2013. (AG)
*One Star* Rich, ripe and pulpy in scent with a fascinating aromatic marriage of ripe pear compote, hardwoody sweetness, honey and flashes of fresh butter that is played back in its very deep and substantial flavors, Stolpman's "L'Avion" is a full, lushly textured wine that gets a brightening lift from well-integrated acidity. It is complex and involving stuff that holds nothing back now, but its richness comes without the least sense of heaviness, and it can be safely held for drinking as a foil to big-flavor dishes such as a Marseilles Bouillabaisse in the next four or five years.
Edges of lemon juice and plumeria flowers accent denser peach and sea salt aromas on this popular bottling from winemaker Sashi Moorman. He keeps this often dense grape light and playful, with flavors of lime sorbet, nectarine flesh, sea salt, white rocks and a nicely herbal twist of minty dill.