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2017 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Red Blend SKU #1383227

Price: $19.99

RP 91 VN 91
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Over 20 years ago, founding partner Thomas Stolpman discovered what he believed to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. The result is a 220-acre property of which 153 acres are currently planted to grapes on three major limestone ridgelines. In 2009 Peter Stolpman took over the day-to-day management of the vineyards. Along with his wife Jessica, they run this highly respected estate in the heart of Santa Barbara county. The Para Maria bottling represents their 50-50 partnership with vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano. This is their way of rewarding the amazing work performed by Ruben and his team.

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  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    There may not be another reference point wine for Syrah & Petit Verdot blends but the talented team at Stolpman Vineyards pulls this one off with flying colors. The deep and sultry blue fruits of Syrah are given additional structure, depth, and complexity when combined with Petit Verdot. To offset the potential brooding nature of this wine, they employ the use of whole-cluster carbonic maceration. The net effect of this is to give the wine lifted aromatics and greater freshness on the palate. I’m really impressed how this one came together. I’ll be serving this at my house for the next several months or as long as we have stock. This is another exceptional achievement from team Stolpman.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Genuinely impressed by this one-two punch of a wine. This is a Syrah-driven blend, a good portion of which gets fermented semi-carbonically. This results in an incredibly balanced wine: bright red fruit aromatics that jump out of the glass, soft and silky tannins (from the traditionally fermented Syrah), blueberries and strawberries on the palate, finishing with a hint of plums from the Petit Verdot. My favorite part is how you can get all of this; a beautiful, local, and mindfully crafted wine, for less than twenty bucks.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    This primarily Syrah driven blend is fantastic - I strongly suggest trying a bottle. Aromas suggest freshly cracked black pepper and licorice, as well as a forward, juicy "carbonic" aspect which, without getting too much in the weeds, simply refers to how the wine is made and the fact that it is more fresh and refreshing than most California Syrahs out there. To that point, this wine seems to take the forward quality of California fruit and balance it out with some old world, refreshing refinement. Dare I say it reminds me of a well made Bierzo (Spanish) red? Kudos to the Stolpmans for this cool project and for producing another delicious red wine.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    I was really excited when I tasted this wine to ind it so expressive, fresh and light-bodied. Then I heard that it was done with 40% carbonic maceration, which obviously helps bring it to another level of freshness. What a genius idea! This bottle has great bright fruit notes and little tannin. I was expecting a heavier, denser red blend from Santa Barbara and was very pleasantly surprised by this one.


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