Stolpman Vineyards Para Maria Red (de los Tecolotes)
Maria Solorzano, this wine’s namesake, appears shy around visitors and she is always quick to smile. For anyone that sees her in action, it is clear that she leads by the example of her hard-work. Most comfortable in her routine of perpetual motion out on the vineyard – Maria runs perhaps the hardest working, most passionate vineyard crew in the world. On a daily basis, she teaches La Cuadrilla new techniques to execute a constant barrage of experiments – often adapting on the fly – figuring out practical ways of farming ridiculously high-density vineyards by hand or training canopies for ideal shading and wind-flow.
Label Art: The nickname for villagers from Santa Cruz, Jalisco; Maria’s hometown, is “Tecolote” – or night owl. The name stems from the popular late night parties thrown in the town. Maria and La Cuadrilla also turn nocturnal for three months out of the year to harvest in the cold night air for maximum freshness. A resident female Great Horned Owl is the most prolific rodent control beast on the vineyard.
The Para Maria Brand is a 50-50 partnership between the Stolpman and Solorzano families.
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 – “This affordable blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Petit Verdot always impresses. Expertly captured aromas of berry juice, pepper and thyme are savory yet soft on the nose. The palate is tense in structure but ripe in fleshy dark-red-fruit flavors, all elevated by touches of cracked pepper and lavender.” (92 Pts, #22 ENTHUSIAST 100 2021)