2017 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Rosé

SKU #1353990

This central coast rosé wine is predominately Syrah with 65% of the blend. Similar to a classic Rhône-style rosé the Syrah juice soaks with the skins for a few hours before a gentle pressing in order to extract color for just the right pink hue. The remainder of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Cabernet Franc (10%) adding nuance of flavor and texture, however these varieties are delicately pressed immediately to lend more flavor then color. From there the rosé is fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel at cool temperatures, and then rests in neutral French barrels for three months giving the wine time to come together harmoniously with a little extra roundness on the palate. The winery describes this rosé as having, "A cornucopia of tropical fruits and fresh taut cherries pop out of the glass and flow all the way through the finish. Zesty pineapple and mango fill the mouth - the 2017 Para Maria Rose packs a tone of tactile depth and flavor into a refreshingly delicious light pink profile."

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Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/4/2018 | Send Email
Now here's a rose that really threw me off guard. After reading the blend (50% syrah, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 25% cabernet franc) my expectations for this rose were really low. I was expecting a very bright fruit bomb with little character, but what I got was definitely more complex than my expectations. While there is a touch of fruit on the back of the palate, it's never overbearing, the acidity is well balanced, and overall, the Para Maria Rose is an easy sipper for a nice summer day.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2018 | Send Email
Local rosé at its best, from favorite producer Stolpman! This crisp central coast rosé wine is 65% Syrah, similar to a classic Rhône-style rosé. The 2017 Para Maria pink is serious wine without taking itself too seriously - refreshing, delicious, structured yet light. BBQ-ready, this is killer with food and supports our neighbors.​

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2018 | Send Email
Stolpman's Para Maria Rose (and Para Maria Red Blend) is named for Maria Solorzano, Stolpman's quiet, hard-working vineyard crew manager. This brand is a 50/50 partnership between the Solorzano and Stolpman families. Inspired by Rhone-style roses, this Syrah/Cab blend has delicious light red fruit character like red cherries and watermelon. There is also a nice roundness on the palate that is created from the neutral barrel aging. This is a perfect summer sipper at a great price!

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Other White Wines


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.


- 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.
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.