Whole Lotta Love

Stolpman Vineyards
Love You Bunches 2020
Natural, dry farming, carbonic maceration
Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA
Owners: Pete & Jessica Stolpman and family
Vignerons: Ruben & Maria Solorzano 
Winemakers: Kyle Knapp & Matt Nocas

“You need cooling. Baby I’m not foolin” Bright maroon-plummy-rose glass. Breathing plums, cherry, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries with a funky depth in the back. Loving it! A sip and then a gulp of fabulous! There’s bright cherry (tart and sweet), dinosaur plums, raspberries, blackberries, pomegranates, and (don’t laugh at me) a little SweeTarts and a handful of Skittles. It’s juicy, tart, and smooth  at the same time. A crisp and crunchy party in my mouth.

Pairs with Cheez-It’s: surprisingly lovely

One sip and you’ll know why the back label has “So Fresh” emblazoned on it. Whole beautiful uncrushed sangiovese bunches are left to ferment in stainless, and yes, I do love those bunches! It’s like a first kiss stolen. This is one of those wines you put on a flower wreath on your head and chase each other around and end up in a sweaty mess…or as Led Zeppelin said, Whole Lotta Love!

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Life, Music and a Turntable

Santa Barbara County
Buellton, CA
60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Chardonnay
Organic, indigenous yeasts, and naturally occurring malolactic bacteria
Winemakers: Mike Roth and Craig Winchester

Golden glass full of skin contact. Breathing in melon, flowers/honey, pear, salt, some richness and smoke. First taste is  honeydew and other melons, grass, pear, lemon, a little honey, salt, smoke, and gets heady as it breathes.

Pairs with Cheez-It’s: as I would expect less tang, but not expected…there’s less honeydew, but it’s not a “honey don’t”. Still fun.

Mike and Craig started out Lo-Fi as a project aside from their winemaking day jobs. So glad they decided to share it with the rest of the world and not just keep it for their friends. They are all about natural and also good ol’ vinyl which is definitely reflected in their very cool labels and their tasting room which is unfortunately not open at the moment (but they do have wine to go). Here’s a quote from their site, “Wine is like life and music. Both are filled with resonance, distortion, simplicity, modesty, intimacy and ingenious integrity of the natural processes.” I also love and appreciate that they have used stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels for this wine. Oak and I have a love hate relationship when it comes to some California chardonnay (and blends). The light smoke/oak touch in this wine are just so perfectly suited. I could drink this all day, while spinning some old tunes that fit like a glove.

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Night Flight

Stolpman Vineyards
Para Maria Rosé de los tecolotes 2019
100% Syrah
Santa Barbara CA
A collaboration: Ruben Solorzano + Pete Stolpman

A delicate pale salmon color. Inhale and there’s a dozen roses waiting on you. There’s also salt, lemon and something herbal. A small sip and there’s grapefruit, which for some reason has been following me everywhere lately. There’s also apples, a touch mineral, strawberries, and some citrus zest. This is a lovely quencher. Oh and also the artwork/label is an homage to the Great Horned Owl that polices the vineyard at night to keep it rodent free.

Pairs with Cheez-Its: Really brings out the grapefruit

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WINE MEMORIES from 8.8.19

Stolpman Vineyards
Estate Grown
Rosé of Grenache 2018
Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA

Beautiful bright shining salmon color. Take a breath and wild strawberries, slate, and raspberries. Take sip and there’s a little lemon, again the wild strawberries, and a touch of hay that mellows out. Makes me want to run in a field barefoot and feel the earth again.

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