A super summer sipper. Early picking for this purposeful Rose brings bright, refreshing acidity to the palate.
Early picks from vineyards managed by Ruben, Stolpman's vineyard manager, in the Los Olivos District & Happy Canyon. In the hotter eastside of the Santa Ynez Valley, the Labor Day heat spike of 2017 stressed the canopies of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc vineyards. Still a ways out from ripening to red-wine sugar levels, the fruit looked great, but the canopies showed signs of wanting to shut down. Ruben decided to make an early pass, lightening the red-wine load on the vines, and providing us with grapes for another killer Para Maria Rose.
Comprised of 65% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Cabernet Franc. All three grapes were pressed extremely conservatively, inflating the press just enough to pop grapes and let the juice flow out. A greedier, harder press would run the risk of extracting tannin from the early-picked grapes, as well as green herbal notes from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc skins. To this point, Stolpman doesn't leave either Bordeaux grape soaking on the skins - instead, they press immediately. Syrah, on the other hand, is left to soak for three hours to give the rose a nice pink hue. Native yeast fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures to ensure nuance development and freshness. The wine was then transferred to neutral French 225L barrels for 3 months to allow for rounded textures.
Vacation in a bottle: A cornucopia of tropical fruits and fresh taut cherries pop out of the glass and flow all the way through the finish. Zesty pineapple and mango fill the mouth - the 2017 Para Maria Rose packs a ton of tactile depth and flavor into a refreshingly delicious light pink profile.
Over 20 years ago, Thomas Stolpman, discovered what many might describe as one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare Limestone outcropping & unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is ideally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. Stolpman is committed to preserving this natural environment for thier vines through natural farming, dry farming, & sustainable employment. In the winery, they prefer native fermentation & minimal manipulation.
Dedicated to sensible farming & winemaking, they believe that they can create natural, vibrant, site-specific wines, with a focus unique to Ballard Canyon AVA, California. Their 220-acre property, of which 153 acres are currently planted to grapes, lies on three major limestone ridgelines in Santa Barbara County. By implementing revolutionary viticultural techniques, they push the dry-farmed limestone vines to unprecedented levels of quality.
|Appellation||Santa Barbara County|
|Varietal(s)||65% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc|