Para Maria is Pete Stolpman’s partnership with Ruben Solorzano (the longtime vineyard director at Stolpman Vineyards) and Ruben’s wife, Maria (the head of day-to-day vineyard operations at the estate). The 2020 Para Maria Rosé a blend of 60% low-PH Mourvèdre from Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard (a desert in the Sierra Madres at an elevation of 3200 feet), with the balance made of up equal parts Syrah and Grenache from Ballard Canyon and Los Olivos. In the glass, the wine is a sun-drenched peach-pink, with flashes of copper at the edge. Aromas of ruby red grapefruit, ripe nectarines, red raspberries, and white flowers emerge, along with suggestions of hibiscus tea, blood orange, and spearmint as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is crisp and refreshing, with flavors of wild strawberries, blood orange, and white peaches seasoned with a faint touch of cinnamon and allspice, all supported by tart red berry acidity and crunchy sea salt minerality.
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.