2022 Stolpman Vineyards "G.G.T.", Ballard Canyon, California, USA
ABOUT THIS WINE
We first experimented with fermenting Grenache un-crushed, whole grape, or "carbonic" in 2018 for our Own Rooted Field Blend cuvee. Because the Grenache fermented with other varietals, we didn't have the chance to taste it alone, but we loved the red fruit purity the Grenache lent to the blend. In 2020, we decided to isolate one Grenache carbonic tank, and it was indeed as pure and delicious as we imagined. But almost too so! To lend nuance and complexity, we added a dollop of Gamay and Trousseau as these light bodied varietals wouldn't add weight to the feathery, chill-able profile. We allocated the tiny 2020 production to one of our favorite local restaurants, Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos, and frequently found ourselves drinking multiple bottles over pizza in the restaurant's garden. The next vintage, we decided to make this blend an official SO FRESH wine, and here we are!
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
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.