Stolpman Vineyard is a true heritage winery for Santa Barbara County and Peter is the second generation to run the family estate. Aside from the estate label, Peter also launched two ambitious projects: So Fresh and Combe. So Fresh is aptly named, as the brand aims to produce glou-glou style wines for immediate drinking that offer a more playful, light-hearted take on varieties like Syrah (of course) but also Sangiovese. In Combe, Peter partnered with the legendary Raj Parr to create esoteric wines from grapes not often associated with the region, like Trousseau and Chenin Blanc.
While Santa Barbara County's affinity to Pinot Noir may have been highlighted and helped along by the controversial movie Sideways, the vineyard diversity here is a wine lover's dream. The Ballard Canyon AVA is situated between Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon, providing perhaps the perfect climate for California's Rhône-inspired wines. Syrah is the star player here and is the backbone of Stolpman's estate, though Roussanne and Grenache are particularly beautiful from this area as well.
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