Ballard Canyon AVA | Santa Barbara County
Sourced from the Stolpman Vineyard, our 2015 Roussanne is a generous, full wine. Complex aromatics of star jasmine, honey and citrus. Rich in the mouth, this wine exhibits honeydew melon and stone fruit flavors, ending with a clean, wet stone minerality on the finish. As a young wine, it is classic Roussanne, and should age for years to come. The longer you wait to drink it the more you shall be rewarded.
Vinous 92 Points
The 2015 Roussanne Stolpman Vineyard is a rich, intense white with notable breadth and power. This, too, is a laid-back, minimalist style for the appellation. Expressive yellow orchard fruit and sweet floral notes build into the finish. — A.G.
Wine Spectator 89 Points
A richer, more substantial effort, the 2015 Roussanne Stolpman Family Vineyard comes from a site in Ballard Canyon and spent six months in older barrels. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and rich, it offers lots of buttered peach, flower oils and honeysuckle characteristics. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years. — J.D.
Vinous 92 Points
The 2014 Roussanne Stolpman Vineyard is impeccable. Scents of apricot, mint, peach and chamomile are all laced together in a super-refined, polished Roussanne loaded with class and personality. Knockout romatics reappear on the finish. This is a fabulous Roussanne from Craig Jaffurs. — A.G.
Wine Spectator 89 Points
Fresh fennel, peach and roasted lemon flavors are balanced by a thread of saline, hints of fresh herbs and white flowers, and robust acidity in this medium-bodied version, which shows good focus on the long finish. Drink now. 131 cases made. — M.W.
Wine Advocate 90 Points
Coming all from Stolpman’s Vineyard near the top of Ballard Canyon, the 2013 Roussanne Stolpman Vineyard spent 6 months in 70% neutral barrels and 30% stainless steel prior to bottling. Exhibiting pretty notes of pear, honey blossom, white flowers and lemon curd, it’s medium-bodied, fresh, lively and pure, with a delicious, easy-drinking style. I love the overall purity here, and while I don’t think it will make old bones, it should drink nicely for 2-3 years.
Vinous 88 Points
The 2013 Roussanne Stolpman Vineyard is quite floral and even tropical at this early stage. White flowers, pineapple, mint and chamomile flesh out in an attractive, mid-weight wine. With time, the typical honeyed notes will develop in bottle, but today the flavors are very much on the bright side. Drink 2014-2017. — A.G.
Wine Advocate 91 Points
Starting off the whites, the 2012 Roussanne, which was aged in 72% neutral French oak, offers up a pretty, fresh and focused profile with notions of mineral, citrus rind and white peach to go with a medium-bodied, lively mouthfeel. Made in a lighter style that emphasizes freshness and purity, it-s an elegant white to drink over the coming 2-3 years. Drink now-2016.
International Wine Cellar 91 Points
Vivid yellow-gold. Ripe citrus fruits, pear skin and beeswax on the floral nose. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a bracing note of bitter lemon pith. The finish features a vaguely honeyed quality and shows excellent clarity and power. This hefty but energetic wine will pair nicely with a range of rich or lighter foods.
International Wine Cellar 90 Points
Light gold. Vibrant lime and lemongrass on the nose, with complicating mineral and quinine notes. Racy, sharply focused and light on its feet, with vibrant citrus and quince flavors displaying a slightly dry edge. Lime zest and white pepper notes linger on the finish, which shows very good energy and a touch of bitter citrus pith.
Wine Enthusiast 93 Points – Editors’ Choice
Rhône specialist Jaffurs turns their talented hand to this rare variety, with grapes from the highly-regarded Stolpman Vineyard, in the emerging Ballard Canyon area. The wine is, in a word, terrific. It’s dry and crisp, with a fleshy mouthfeel, and the peach, lime and tropical fruit flavors have a delicious, umami edge of prosciutto. Some new French oak adds even richer, but balanced, notes of buttered toast.
Rhone Report 92 Points
My favorite of the whites, the 2011 Jaffurs Roussanne Stolpman Vineyard is a knockout Roussanne that has textbook Roussanne aromas of juiced pear, mineral, hints of tropical fruit, toasted nut, and honeycomb. A blend of 100% Roussanne that was aged mostly in neutral oak, it has a pure, rich texture, beautiful underlying acidity, and a clean, classically dry finish. Given the suppleness and approachable feel, it should most likely be consumed over the coming 2-3 years.