2018 Para Maria fist seduces with wafting blueberry compote straight out of the bottle. Buffering the blueness lies a deeper chocolate malt and then a fiery, spicy red energy above. The wine strikes an impressive breadth of tactile sensation from the rich and robust to a freshly cut edge – to me this is the whole point of combining elements into a red blend and, when well executed like the 2018, the different elements launch the wine into the category of authentically fine wine.
80% Syrah, 20% Petite Verdot
40% Syrah (whole-cluster Carbonic Fermentation in sealed tank)
40% Syrah (de-stemmed, traditional open top fermentation)
20% Petite Verdot (de-stemmed, traditional open top fermentation)
100% neutral oak barrels for 9 months
Wine Enthusiast – “It’s hard to find a better wine for the price than this blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Verdot. Blistered black-plum, charcoal and fresh boysenberry aromas kick off the nose, while the palate blends black pepper, boysenberry and smoke. It is a versatile table wine, as apt for tacos and barbecue as it is for prime rib and roast lamb.” (92 Pts)
Vinous – “The 2018 Para Maria de los Tecolotes is another gorgeous wine in this range from Stolpman. Syrah and Petit Verdot work together beautifully here. Hints of lavender, licorice and spice meld into a core of inky dark fruit in a mid-weight, fruity red that offers tons of near and medium-term appeal. The 2018 is simply irresistible.” (92 Pts)