STOLPMAN VINEYARDS 'LOVE YOU BUNCHES' CARBONIC SANGIOVESE, BALLARD CANYON 2018
Heat spikes define vintages in Santa Barbara County. We are blessed to farm without fear of rain, rot, hail and humidity. In 2018 the only heat wave we suffered through arrived so early, on July 7 that it didn’t impact the fruit ripening or the quality. The summer turned into a moderate, steady, dream year when acids hung high as sugar slowly accumulated and intense, nuanced flavor development. Instead of harvesting carbonic Sangiovese grapes in August or September, all 2018 picks occurred in October. As the weather continued to cool more and more flavor developed. Despite the longer hang-time, the 2018 profile is the brightest and zippiest yet. Lighter in color, 2018 Love You Bunches leans more towards the profile of a rose wine than a red.
Terms like crushable, mashable, glug-glug, glou-glou…all fit the downright deliciousness of this wine. Red notes of fresh picked, juicy cherry and berry ride high over ruby grapefruit and zesty tangerine. Don’t for get to drink it cold during the day (or all night with most any cuisine), and don’t get caught with just one in the cooler – it will be empty in a flash and your guests will demand more! Serve Chilled