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)
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)
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)
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)
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