Stolpman Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017 | Sancerre like Vibrancy
Glistening pale-yellow to the rim, infused with pungent aromas of grapefruit, nectarine, white flowers, and orchard fruit. Rich and weighty yet bone-dry, with fine, steely layers of pear, limestone minerality, and green apple, finishing with Sancerre-like vibrancy and persistence. Drink Stolpman Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017 now-2022.
Stolpman Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017 delivers with a fresh blast of Limestone-driven energy. The crisp, bright profile binds with the substantive weight and texture of the mid-palate. Hence creating a wine perfect for a farm-fresh Santa Barbara dinner of veggies and seafood. While hints of citrus, tropical fruit, golden brush, and riper pear elements abound
Ballard Canyon AVA
“What they have in the greatest vineyards of the Loire Valley—Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé—is the chalky white rock that imparts all that fantastic minerality to the wine,” Stolpman said as he flicked the golden-white liquid in his glass. “A little over 10 years ago, we figured we’d see how Sauvignon Blanc fared on our land and planted two experimental acres. The vineyard sits on a limestone outcropping that’s 40 million years old—it’s incredibly rare, there’s nothing else like it in the county. Rajat Parr came to look at it one day and he agreed that thanks to the young active soils and the maritime influence, we had the opportunity to make something truly unique.”
Winemaker Kyle Knapp and Ruben Solorzano “The Grape Whisperer”
Kyle Knapp directs the gentle extraction, native fermentation, and aging at Stolpman. After starting his career in Santa Barbara, Kyle spent a vintage in Margaret River, Australia. Later joining the Stolpman winemaking team. Back then, Kyle worked 2006-2009 as Stolpman’s assistant winemaker. Then moving on to make wine at Ballard Canyon neighbor Beckmen Vineyard through 2015. Since 2010 Kyle has crafted tiny lots from nearby vineyards under his own Press Gang Cellars label.
In addition, Kyle works hand-in-hand with Ruben Solorzano and Pete Stolpman in timing the harvest of taut, fresh fruit. Kyle Knapp proudly serves as the steward, rather than the creator, of Stolpman’s “vineyard crafted” wines.