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Stolpman Vineyards La Croce 2014

Other Red Blends from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

In its youth, red toned Sangiovese fruit shines through the aroma and palate, dominating the darker, meatier Syrah notes. Syrah's presence can be detected by subtle roasted meat and herb flavors. Young and sharp upon popping the cork, the 2014 La Croce begins to open up with a few minutes open or better yet, decanted.

Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Sangiovese

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another great looking barrel sample, the 2014 La Croce (Syrah / Sangiovese) is an even split of Syrah and Sangiovese (co-fermented in concrete) and will see 20 months in neutral wood. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and tannic, with black fruits, scorched earth and cedar aromas and flavors, it will need to be forgotten for 2-3 years to let the tannins integrate, but this puppy is loaded with potential.
Range: (91-93)+
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
The nose on this winery's annual blend of Sangiovese and Syrah is quite fruit-forward, with black raspberry, black-cherry soda, cola and root-beer aromas. It's quite poppy on the palate, with more black cherry and blueberry, proving fun and lively while leaving a slightly sweet impression. It's a sure crowd-pleaser.
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Stolpman Vineyards

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Stolpman Vineyards, Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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Stolpman Vineyards is located in Ballard Canyon, just 15 miles from the coast. The location lends to warm days with cool nights. Tom and Marilyn Stolpman planted their first grapes in 1992 and today have 120 planted acres. The vineyard continues to be a dynamic location for the planting of Syrah, Sangiovese and Rousanne. Jeff Newton and Larry Finkle, along with our Vineyard Manager, Ruben Solorzano, have recently planted high density vines and continue to explore the standards of what it takes to make the best quality grapes from southern exposed vines and limestone soil.

Ballard Canyon

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Accounting for only ten percent of the greater Santa Ynez AVA, Ballard Canyon’s north-south orientation provides an ideal pattern of sunshine and martime fog for producing excellent Syrah. While Syrah is planted to half of the total AVA acreage, an additional third is dedicated to other Rhone varieties.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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