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Light / bright reds - PARA MARIA DE LOS TECOLOTES, Stolpman. Ballard Canyon, California

2016 PARA MARIA DE LOS TECOLOTES, Stolpman. Ballard Canyon, California

Bin: 436
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Ballard Canyon is in Santa Barbara County, closer to LA than San Francisco. It's a moderate rather than cool sub-region, so unlike some of the neighbouring areas that specialise in Chardonnay and Pinot, the key grapes here are Syrah and white Rhône varieties.
Grape Variety: 80% Syrah, 20% Petit Verdot; partially fermented 'whole bunch' to add the juicy, fresh brightness that is so clear in the final wine.
Producer: 150 acres of vineyard, owned and run by the Stolpman family with the help of consultant winemaker Sashi Moorman.
The Para Maria wine is a joint venture between Peter Stolpman and his vineyard managers, Maria and Ruben Solorzano. It gets its name from the fact that Maria's home village in Solorzano is known as a party town, the inhabitants all nicknamed Tecolotes, or night owls.
Old Bridge Rating: Brilliant label and utterly delicious wine. Not cheap, but so, so more-ish.

£27.50 per bottle
£26.13 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£24.75 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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