Stolpman Vineyards 'Love You Bunches' Sangiovese Santa Barbara County 2022

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Stolpman Vineyards 'Love You Bunches' Sangiovese Santa Barbara County 2022
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Country USA
Region California
Appellation/Sub-Region Santa Barbara
Grapes Sangiovese
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

Stolpman Vineyards is considered the founding vineyard of the Ballard Canyon AVA within Santa Barbara, which was granted official status in 2013. Over a dozen wineries have joined the AVA and all have decided to focus on syrah, based on Stolpman's results in varietal experimentation. They’ve also had great success with sangiovese, with the hot, dry days providing favorable conditions for the traditional Italian grape. "Love You Bunches" is a wine with roots in a 2016 wedding attended by vigneron Pete Stolpman, where his Stolpman carbonic sangiovese was served as the party wine. "Carbonic" is short for "carbonic maceration", a winemaking technique which brings forth the bright fruitfulness of red grapes while also softening tannin. Fast-forward to today and we have the most recent release of this juice-bomb, renamed "Love You Bunches" (a reference to the use of whole grape bunches during the fermentation). Bursting with vibrant energy, the carbonic sangiovese is a light-hearted wine meant for drinking chilled. Firm, crunchy cherries and juicy red berries with zesty acidity and a popping tannin structure make this wine extremely food friendly. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.