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Stolpman 2018 Sangiovese   

2018 Stolpman Sangiovese “Estate” Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara

San Francisco Wine Panel Score: 92+ Points

NVWE Notes: Although California vintners often struggle with this grape, this varietally on-target effort rises well above the crowd. The nose layers rich, harmonious, forthcoming scents of red cherry galette, red plum jelly, baking-spice and hazelnut above subtler notes of blood orange, toffee and forest floor spice. Sweet cherry, plum and grenadine lead on the palate, with generous support from cranberry, mulling-spice, hazelnut and a hint of blood orange zest. The finish lingers with a food-worthy balance, although it is stiffened slightly by a bit of tannin. This already fine bottling should grow ever more appealing for the next year or two. 2200 cases made.


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Ballard Canyon

Barrel Aging:

Aged 21 months in neutral large Ermitage 500L french oak puncheons, Sangiovese’s tell-tale acidity and tannin have the time to integrate and slip into the rich, ripe mid-palate.