Dates: Sept. 22 2014
Sugar: 25.5 Degrees Brix
Santa Ynez Valley
7-132 gal. Oak Puncheons
(2 new) 28% new oak
Total Acid: .63
Bottling date: March 16, 2016
Produced: 376 cases
The Stolpman Vineyard is located in Ballard Canyon about 9.5 miles east of our Lafond Vineyard. The warmer climate in Ballard Canyon is nicely suited for Sangiovese, historically the primary grape of the Chianti region of Italy.
Known for its dense cherry fruit, Sangiovese's popularity has been on the increase as winemakers around the world discover the structure and full-bodied nature of the wine along with its affinity for blending with other varietals.
Winemaker Bruce McGuire continues to be pleased with this block of Sangiovese; 2013 is the eleventh harvest from this block.
Winemaker's comments: Our first vintage with Stolpman Sangiovese was in 1997. A large crop year. The wine was impressive. Since 2002 we have been producing Sangiovese from the same block.
We give the fermented wine 50+ days of extended maceration (contact with the skins) to transform the tannin to a more plush and persistent finish. Large puncheons are used to maintain freshness during aging.
Gold Medal 2017 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2017 Sommelier Challenge
Suggested retail: 28.00/750ml