Stolpman Crunchy Roastie Rainbow 2021
Cooperages & Elevage
6 months in neutral 500L French oak Ermitage Vache Forest Puncheons
We pick Syrah early while still “crunchy”, with high acidity and low potential alcohol. Then, we utilize whole-grape, un-crushed carbonic fermentation so as not to extract coarse, under-ripe tannin – leaving the wine feathery and chill-able. To ensure a pure, luscious fruit profile we utilized the age-old Cote Rotie “Roasted Slope” method of co-fermenting a small percentage of viognier that heaps on pretty floral aromatics to the darker, brooding Syrah profile.
Since beginning production of Crunchy Roastie in 2019, each year we bottle two distinct cuvees. We bottle the first edition with a black and white label in early January for an especially bright, fruit-forward, zippy profile. The second bottling, 3 months later in early April, fleshes out with the “extended elevage” (barrel age) and becomes more of a traditional red wine.
The June 1st release of the rainbow label happens to coincide with Pride Month, and Stolpman Vineyards donates $3/bottle sold throughout June to our local Santa Ynez Valley Pride Foundation.