Stolpman 2016 L'Avion
Packed full of tropical fruit, golden pineapple, white flowers, jasmine, and the telltale L’Avion honeysuckle – the 2016 does not disappoint! These barrels were simply magical. After a couple vintages of ratcheting down the new oak percentage, the insane concentration of 2016 justified a return to 100% new French 500L oak puncheon (40% new oak in typical barrel surface area equivalent) for fermentation and then 60% new 500L puncheons for extended aging, 40% neutral. The oak is already beautifully integrated and rather than toasty notes – the oak imparts sweet perfume and further depth to the beautifully concentrated fruit.