Stolpman Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley
The wines here have developed considerably in recent vintages with a new focus on white and red Rhône varietals. In addition Sangiovese is also now planted in the home vineyards. Jeff Newton provides vital input in the vineyards and the vines are now much closer planted. The winemaker Sashi Moorman creates wines of really impressive depth and rich concentration. He is also involved in his own micro garage style label PIEDRASASSI. and is a partner in Domaine de la Côte with Rajat Parr and Sandhi Wines with Parr and Charles Banks, former owner of Screaming Eagle . The home vineyard property is sizeable around 90 ha (220 acres) and is located in Ballard Canyon which benefits from cool nights as well as warm sunny days. The top white L’Avion is from Roussanne and is rich, nutty and forward, marked more by its texture than upfront fruit, being fermented at high temperature and aged on fine lees with bâtonnage. Ageing in 500 litre 2nd fill barrels also helps to avoid any oakiness. Viognier, including a late harvest version, Sauvignon Blanc and a second Roussanne are also made. La Croce is a vibrant blend of co-fermented Sangiovese and Syrah, both varieties ripening at very similar times, the combined vinification adding further complexity. The dark fruit character of the Syrah adds weight and dimension to the bright dark cherry notes evident in the Sangiovese. Small lot fermentation is the order of the day in small new oak. There is a very good Estate Syrah from a mix of clones. The very fine top Syrah, Angeli which comes from a selection of the best blocks on the property. While the Estate Syrah is vinified in stainless steel, the Angeli is vatted in small oak and is dark and impressively concentrated, spicy and complex. An extended range of reds also includes a Petite Sirah, a Grenache, an Estate Sangiovese, a number of additional Syrah based reds and La Cuadrilla an approachable Syrah/Sangiovese/Grenache/Petite Sirah blend. (DM)
❁ Stolpman Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley www.stolpmanvineyards.com
Tom Stolpman 1659 Copenhagen Drive, Suite C, Solvang, CA 93463
Tel: 805 688-0400 Fax: 805 686-0436
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