2018 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Rosé

SKU #1410052 92 points Vinous

 The 2018 Para Maria de los Tecolotes is another gorgeous wine in this range from Stolpman. Syrah and Petit Verdot work together beautifully here. Hints of lavender, licorice and spice meld into a core of inky dark fruit in a mid-weight, fruity red that offers tons of near and medium-term appeal. The 2018 is simply irresistible. (AG)  (9/2019)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2018 Para Maria de las Tecolotes is a barrel sample blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Petit Verdot made using about 40% carbonic maceration. Deep ruby-purple colored, it has a nose of blueberry coulis, black cherry jam, boysenberry preserves with notes of black soil, fried herbs and bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, it's jam-packed with ripe, jammy fruits supported by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long. 4,200 cases are expected to be produced. (EB)  (9/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Light strawberry, dried rose petals, drying jasmine and chalk aromas all show on he nose of this bottling by the Stolpman family. There is immense grip to the sip, where crisp strawberry flavors met with a lemon-lime soda kick. (MK)  (8/2019)

K&L Notes

The "Para Maria" label is a 50-50 partnership between the Stolpman (owners) and Solorzano (growers) families. Label Art: The nickname for villagers from Santa Cruz, Jalisco; Maria Solorzano's hometown, is "Tecolote" or "night owl." The name stems from the popular late night parties thrown in the town. At our vineyard a resident female Great Horned Owl is the most prolific rodent-control beast on the vineyard. Winery taste note: "Fresh, firm pineapple, and mango. Green papaya rides the crunchy backbone of the finish alongside juicy red grapefruit. High-toned and refreshing yet fleshy enough to have a substantial, lasting finish. Para Maria Rosé embodies the 2018 vintage: bright and refreshing acid combined with nuanced fruit. 60% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 10% Grenache & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

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.
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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.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5