About This Wine
“We have implemented revolutionary viticultural techniques.”
Those are the words of Tom Stolpman, who along with wife Marilyn founded Stolpman Vineyards in Ballard Canyon, just north of Santa Barbara, in 1990. It’s a 220-acre property with 152 acres planted to winegrapes.
Stolpman didn’t make his assertion in a boastful way. He was simply pointing out that his approach is not universally accepted. “Withholding water from the vines results in tiny, concentrated grapes and extremely low yields,” Stolpman explains. “And the Ballard Canyon microclimate of heat spikes, wind and cold nights creates intense wines with natural balance.”
Stolpman ages his Sangiovese for an extended period of time prior to release. That strategy paid off with the 2008 vintage, a wine that spent two-and-a-half years in barriques and puncheons prior to bottling. The wine is beautifully balanced — an undeniable beneficiary of “revolutionary viticultural techniques.”
Medium to full, dry, light spiced wine that ages well. Core of many great Italian wines including Brunnedllo di Montalcino, a rare, costly Tuscan red wine loaded with luscious fruits and chewy tannins.
- Grape Composition:100% Sangiovese
- Grape Source:Estate Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley
- Aromas & Flavors:Raspberry, Red Cherry, Minerals, Rose Petal and Hints of Asian Spices
- Aging Vessels:Oak Barriques for 1 Year and Puncheons for an Additional 18 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionpasta with a marinara sauce, or lasagna.
Intense and distinctive for its meaty, gamy, spice and fresh earth character, trim yet rich, with a lively, vibrant pace as the flavors unfold; full-bodied, yet ending with a mix of subtle fruit, mineral and spice notes that glide on. Drink now through 2022. 475 cases made.