Monthly Archives: February 2011

Weekend Tasting: Stolpman Winery featuring owner Peter Stolpman

Come join us this weekend, Fri-Sun. Feb. 18th-20th for our tasting of Stolpman wines! We are pleased to welcome owner Peter Stolpman who will be here on Saturday from 7-10 p.m. to answer your questions and walk you through the tasting. The tasting features six wines for $17. Read below for tasting notes on featured wines.

What’s special about Stolpman Winery?

Organic Farming: No herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides are used in the vineyard.  The natural ecosystem is promoted through the establishment of natural habitats including Hawk Perches and Owl Boxes.  Bio-diversity is also aided by a 12 acre rotating crop of organic vegetables and 5 acres of Olive trees.

Most unique to Stolpman’s methodology is the constant experimentation with vineyard plantings and farming in the pursuit of world-class wine.

Stolpman Vineyards has the only “Cote Rotie” styled vineyard in all of California.  On the steepest hill in the property, there are 6000 vines planted so close together one can barely walk through, let alone fit tractors or machines.

So come out this weekend and taste some amazing, affordable wines!

L’Avion Roussanne $34.50

An unrivaled Rockstar in the white wine world. White flower, tropical fruit, pear, honeysuckle and a sensuously thick texture. Picked when golden-brown in late November. Fermented in 100% New French barrels and aged in New Oak for 15 months. 520 cases produced. Santa Ynez Valley, CA 90pt Robert Parker

’09 La Coppa Sangiovese $18.99

Fruit forward and fresh on the nose with an elegant medium bodied palate and Italian tannin structure.   Straight forward, full-bodied, slightly jammy black cherry fruit with some structure and finish.  Dry farmed since 2001, Stolpman Sangiovese offers New World intensity with Old World refinement. Aged 10 months in neutral oak.  Santa Ynez Valley, CA

’05 Estate Sangiovese $31.99

Bright red fruit and fresh acidity give the wine a lift and freshness on the palate.  A great example of what Sangiovese can do in California.  735 cases produced. Santa Ynez Valley, CA

‘08 Estate Grenache $32.50

Offers a bowlful of dark berry fruits, with snappy wild berry, blueberry and blackberry flavors, firming midpalate, with a touch of stemminess that gives the flavors traction on the finish.  Quickly becoming a favorite among Stolpman’s devout Rhone Fanatics, the harsh weather of 2008 delivers a dark, aggressive Grenache built to age. 494 cases produced.  Santa Ynez Valley, CA 91 Points Wine Spectator

‘08 Estate Syrah $29.99

An intensely perfumed, spicy bouquet displays red and dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a hint of woodsmoke. Sappy, penetrating and sweet, with spicy red- and blackcurrant flavors and a velvety texture. Floral notes carry through a long, pure alluringly sweet finish. It’s spicy and ripe in red currant, licorice, smoked meat, violet and sandalwood flavors that are rich and complex.  Santa Ynez Valley, CA

’08 Syrah Originals $32.50

Originals Syrah comes from the first syrah vines planted in Ballard Canyon. Originals Syrah shows dense, deep, and lush. It’s extremely fruit forward and approachable compared to the usual Stolpman style of bright and tight Syrah.  950 cases produced.  Santa Ynez Valley, CA 92 Points Robert Parker

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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Uncategorized


February Wines of the Month

2008 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris (Pfalz, Germany)

$11 a bottle

Pinot Gris has a very long tradition in the Pfalz region. In fact, it was here that the variety was first identified. Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is made in a full-bodied, dry style with refreshing, unoaked fruit and a crackling texture.

NV Rosenblum Vintner’s Cuvee Zinfandel XXXII (California)

$9.00 a bottle

The Cuvée XXXI features aromas of black cherry, blackberry and raspberry, as well as spice and vanilla overtones. Medium-bodied and replete with acidity, this food-friendly wine pairs well with pizza, pasta, barbecue meats and poultry, as well as Italian and Mediterranean style foods.

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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized


Join us for Valentine’s Day!

We will be open Monday, February 14, for Valentine’s Day so come by with your significant other for a romantic evening. For all you lonely hearts – there’s plenty of wine and company here for you too 🙂