2016 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Red Blend

SKU #1340278 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This Syrah, which is enhanced by 15% Petit Verdot, is one of the better wines from the region on the market for less than $25. Awesome aromas of pepper, blackberry and charred beef are intense and deep, while the palate is lifted by bountiful acidity and flavors of boysenberry, white, black and green peppercorns, incense and sagebrush. (MK)  (12/2017)

88-90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Not yet bottled, the 2016 Para Maria Red Wine is a partnership between vineyard managers Ruben and Maria Solorzano and the Stolpman Family. It’s a mix of 88% Syrah and 12% Petite Verdot that was fermented with some stems (just for the Syrah) and was aged in neutral barrels. It has lots of stem and pepper notes as well as tons of dark fruit, medium-bodied richness, firm tannin, and plenty of character. It’s an excellent value and will keep for 3-5 years.  (8/2017)

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Wine Enthusiast Top 100 List - #51 and Editor's Choice

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2018 | Send Email
Stolpman has always been a fundamental part of K&L Hollywood ever since we opened our store a little over 10 years ago. In the last few years, Stolpman's renewed commitment to quality and a reinvestment back into those individuals who have supported their success, have put them on a whole 'nother level. They started the ball rolling with the La Cuadrilla Red Blend which started out as a learning opportunity for the vineyard crew to take ownership and to learn first hand, without expert assistance, how to manage a vineyard block solely on their own trial and error, with all of the profits going back to the La Cuadrilla vineyard team. The next endeavor to showcase their staff was to partner with those who know their grapes and vineyards the best, vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano and his vineyard forewoman wife Maria on the Para Maria Red Blend. The Para Maria is a selection of their juiciest, most approachable blocks of Syrah, with just a hint of Petite Verdot. The Para Maria is chock full of the expected black, wild berries, black pepper, and purple violets, but there is a pleasant twist in the bright,crunchy fruit that displays itself on the palate. This is most likely due to the partial carbonic fermentation that they utilize with a small portion of the Syrah to keep this fun red blend lifted, playful and delivering way more than the under $20 price tag denotes. It's a no brainer why Stolpman and this cheap and cheerful red made it onto the Wine Enthusiast Top 100!

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2018 | Send Email
After spending my first three years working all over Napa and Sonoma County in the wine industry, one could say my palate is slightly burnt out on Napa and Sonoma wine; however, I still love seeking out new and exciting wines from the Central Coast and Santa Barbara, and the Para Maria from Stolpman is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Fruit forward, yet well balanced with acidity, for under 20 bucks, this wine is a very pleasant experience. Want to bring something nice to a dinner party without breaking the bank? Look no further. The Para Maria is an outstanding red blend, truly showing just how good Santa Barbara wine is.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
Deep purple color and sleek, ripe, purple fruit greet the nose with a slight rustic prickle. Just the right amount of richness on the palate with a touch of tannic grip and lively acidity. This is a wonderful wine with loads of character for a great price; no wonder it made the Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100" list.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.