The Para Maria is a partnership between the Solorzano and Stolpman families with fruit from the Stolpman estate in Ballard Canyon, and fruit which is overseen by Ruben Solorzano in areas outside of the Ballard Canyon AVA. Predominately Syrah, in mixed fermentation modes with the addition (15% of the blend) of Petit Verdot. The various components of the wine were aged in neutral barrels to produce a wine of unique freshness and vibrancy.
About this wine producer: Pete Stolpman’s unique estate, founded in 1990 by his father, Tom Stolpman, is located on a rare limestone outcropping in the heart of Ballard Canyon, has provided grapes to such extraordinary producers as Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non, and Adam Tolmach at the Ojai Vineyard. In 2001, Tolmach’s protégé Sashi Moorman joined Stolpman as winemaker, and continues as a working consultant. Today, the entire production is estate-bottled. With ten-year Ballard Canyon veteran winemaker Kyle Knapp in charge of winemaking, and Ruben Solorzano, called “the vine whisperer” by the Santa Barbara Independent overseeing viticulture, Stolpman Vineyards is producing some of the most profoundly beautiful estate-bottled wines in California.