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Award-Wining Pinot Noir
by Winemaker Steve Goldman

After more than thirty-five years of growing grapes and making wine, Steve Goldman took on a new venture.  In August of 2002 Steve married Lori Stone  and later that year they started construction on Stephen’s Cellar.  On May 3, 2003 Steve and Lori celebrated the birth of their son Max Richard Goldman.  Lori resigned from her seven-year position as Grower Programs Manager with the Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association to be a full time mom to Max as well as an integral part of all wine and vineyard operations at Stephen’s Cellar.  A new estate vineyard was planted spring 2001, devoted entirely to Pinot Noir.  It is situated in the Santa Lucia Mountains on a northerly slope of 1,500’ in the York Mountain Viticultural Area.  Steve and Father Max  created the York Mountain American Viticultural Area in 1983 to signify the uniqueness of this beautiful place. With its cool maritime (5 miles from the ocean) influence and sandstone soil, the vineyard is in an ideal location.  Vineyard cultural practices are based on organic and biodynamic principles.

Stephen’s new vineyard is now at almost full production and the first Estate Pinot Noir, vintage 2006 was released the summer of 2008.  Grapes are also purchased from neighboring vineyards. They include: the 30-year-old Laughney, 27-year-old MacBride,  8 year-old Stromsoe, 7 year-old Anderson, 8 year-old Encell and 8 year-old Moore.  Though Pinot Noir is the focus, a Bordeaux variety blend (Claret), Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Dry Sherry will be made in limited amounts.  Altogether, about 2,500 cases will be produced annually.   The cellar work is fashioned after Burgundian techniques as far as wine and grape treatment goes.  Gravity and inert gas racking with little or no fining and filtering is the normal course of action.  The philosophy is, every action the grapes or wine is subjected to, diminish the integrity.

The Stephen’s label was introduced with the 1994 vintage.  A small library inventory of Pinot Noirs and Clarets has been retained for sale.  For current releases, please refer to “current releases” at stephenscellar.com.  Stephen’s wines from  the York Mountain AVA  and neighboring vineyards  have garnered several awards and accolades, with many gold medals, at major national and international competitions and publications. 

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