Stolpman Vineyards

Combe Ballard Canyon Trousseau

8.917 ratings
9.12 pro ratings
California, USA
Trousseau
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.1

This was a head scratcher. Combe is a joint partnership between Stolpman and Rajat Parr. Certainly not as floral or sweet as Arnot Roberts Trousseau or even Sandlands. This was like a more herbal version of Cru Beaujolais, minus the carbonic maceration. Super tight and locked up on day 1, gaining more savory and herbal notes on day 2. Cloudy in the glass. Oregano dusted cherries and sour red fruit gummies on the nose. On day 2, it gained a salted/cured meat savory note too. Puréed strawberries with bay leaf and peppercorn on the finish. Acidity and tannins are down the middle, but this seems to be a bit more structured (ie, less gummy) than other Trousseaus I’ve had. Seems organic. Best enjoyed with a slight chill.

This was a head scratcher. Combe is a joint partnership between Stolpman and Rajat Parr. Certainly not as floral or sweet as Arnot Roberts Trousseau or even Sandlands. This was like a more herbal version of Cru Beaujolais, minus the carbonic maceration. Super tight and locked up on day 1, gaining more savory and herbal notes on day 2. Cloudy in the glass. Oregano dusted cherries and sour red fruit gummies on the nose. On day 2, it gained a salted/cured meat savory note too. Puréed strawberries with bay leaf and peppercorn on the finish. Acidity and tannins are down the middle, but this seems to be a bit more structured (ie, less gummy) than other Trousseaus I’ve had. Seems organic. Best enjoyed with a slight chill.

Jun 29th, 2019
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.0

Needs a minute yet. The pieces are all there (tea/strawberry/rocks), but need some space to get out of eachothers way. I love that this wine is completely happy to be itself, not striving to be Jurassic, not feeling like it needs to play to the Cali expectations.

Needs a minute yet. The pieces are all there (tea/strawberry/rocks), but need some space to get out of eachothers way. I love that this wine is completely happy to be itself, not striving to be Jurassic, not feeling like it needs to play to the Cali expectations.

Jul 25th, 2018
Jared Graf

Tart cherry brine with a little spice on the hips

Tart cherry brine with a little spice on the hips

1 person found it helpfulSep 13th, 2018
Francisco Tezen

Strawberry pop rocks meets tea. Easy drinking, light red that gets better and better the longer it opens up.

Strawberry pop rocks meets tea. Easy drinking, light red that gets better and better the longer it opens up.

Feb 26th, 2019
Michal Rosenn

light and zippy with great bright red fruit but good tannic balance. yum!

light and zippy with great bright red fruit but good tannic balance. yum!

Sep 3rd, 2018
Bonnie Chu

Paella night, light and tasty red! $33

Paella night, light and tasty red! $33

Jun 5th, 2018
Matt Ragan

Matt had this 5 months ago

Matt had this 5 months ago

May 17th, 2019
Stacy S

Stacy had this a year ago

Stacy had this a year ago

Dec 1st, 2018
Justin

Justin had this a year ago

Justin had this a year ago

Nov 8th, 2018
Gil Alexander

Gil had this a year ago

Gil had this a year ago

Oct 10th, 2018