Robert Parker: “Impressive Wines”
Stolpman are renowned for some of the greatest wines of Santa Barbara, such as the $70 ‘Angeli’. They are home to 8 wines that have earned 94-95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, as Robert Parker himself said “Stolpman Vineyards continues to produce impressive wines under the guidance of the highly regarded Santa Ynez winemaker, Sashi Moorman.” Today we’re thrilled to offer Wine Access clients first dibs on one of the most sensational California reds of the year: the 2016 Stolpman “Para Maria” Red at an astonishing $18.99. We’re first to market with this stunning, powerful red blend, This bottle represents his cherry-picked blend of fruit from the region’s best sites. In the beautiful 2016 vintage, characterized by wines of depth, dense richness, and suppleness, the Ballard Canyon vines performed brilliantly. Available only to Wine Access clients at an incredible value today before the critics’ scores drop, this Stolpman effort ranks at the top of our list of California’s finest under-$20 bottles of 2016.
Stolpman’s Ruben Solorzano — the man Wine Enthusiast editors have nicknamed “The Grape Whisperer,” in addition to managing the land at Stolpman Vineyards, Solorzano also works on nearly every major Ballard Canyon vineyard for the likes of Jonata, Larner and Rusack. Ballard Canyon is home to many of California’s best Rhone styled wines, and Solorzano is the AVA’s hardest working man — a visionary viticulturist to Jonata, Kimsey, Harrison Clarke, Boa Vista, Larner, Rusack and others. He’s also a night owl, taking advantage of Santa Barbara’s chilly nights to harvest nocturnally and preserve the berries’ scintillating acid vibrancy. Equipped with a headlamp and a smile, he presides over dry-farmed, head-pruned vines that call to mind the Northern Rhône slopes of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage.
Solorzano and acclaimed Stolpman winemaker Sashi Moorman played the 2016 vintage perfectly. Any California winemaker will tell you that the defining event of the vintage was a severe heat spike in late September. Those who harvested after had to contend with accumulated sugars and lower acids. Those who picked before were treated to BB-sized berries of exquisite brightness and a suave density guaranteeing excellent cellaring potential. A newly minted beauty, the 2016 Stolpman “Para Maria” Red has it all — opulence, vibrancy, silken texture, and great length. Get your share before demand clears out the Stolpman cellars.