|Owner(s)||Charlene Stolo, Don Stolo|
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Stolo Family Vineyards & Winery is located in the town of Cambria in a restored farmhouse adjacent a 9-acre vineyard. The farmhouse and dairy barn date back to the late 1800s. Stolo Family Vineyards is the only estate winery, tasting room and vineyard in Cambria.
Don and Charlene Stolo bought 53 acres just east of the town of Cambria in 2002, including an existing vineyard less than 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean planted in 1998 to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Syrah. The Stolos since planted another 20 acres of vines, and built a winery and tasting room. The first vintage of Stolo Family Vineyards wine was 2004.
The winemaker is Nicole Bertotti Pope who crafts about 1,500 cases a year. Don and Charlene's daughter, Maria Stolo Bennetti, left a career as a wine broker to become general manager in 2008. She created the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, which links together ten tasting rooms and wineries from Morro Bay to Cambria.
The winemaker is Nicole Bertotti Pope and vineyard consultant is her spouse Lucas Pope. Nicole is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo who honed her winemaking skills at Domaine Carneros and Talley Vineyards. She joined Stolo Family Vineyards in 2011.
The wines are sold on the website and reasonably priced. Check the website for tasting room hours.
2013 Stolo Family Vineyards Estate Creekside Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 375 cases, $32. Vineyard planted in 2008 in Cambria less than 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean. 100% sustainably farmed by hand. Pommard clone. Harvest Brix 24.5º. Aged 10 months in 25% new French and Hungarian oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This is an oak-infused wine featuring a middleweight core of black cherry and pomegranate fruits, well-proportioned tannins, and some intensity on the lively finish. Score: 87. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Stolo Family Vineyards Estate Hillside Reserve San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 164 cases, $42. Vines planted in 1998 less than 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean. 100% sustainably farmed by hand. Clone 115. Harvest Brix 26.1º. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberry, anise and forest floor. Plush, generous and silky on the palate, with considerable tobacco-tinged oak infusing the dark fruited core of fruit. The wine is forward drinking with modest tannins and some finishing length. Score: 88. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »