High Density Saga pt.1 – Weeding

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The head-pruned high-density saga This growing season we face the practical challenges of farming 11 acres of newly-planted high-density head-pruned vines.  In previous years, only Ruben’s Block, totaling 6,000 vines, was planted in this fashion.  Throughout the winter and early spring, we added another 66,000 babies.  The vines are planted at 3×2.5 foot spacing to increase root competition.  Each small vine will produce only 2-3 Read More →

Celebrating Ruben – Winemaking’s Greatest Farmer

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Who is Ruben?  A Los Angeles Event Honoring the Grape Whisperer For the first time, Ruben Solorzano is being honored with a grand celebration.  On July 30, fourteen vintners and winemakers will gather at Everson Royce Bar Downtown LA in support of Ruben Solorzano “the Grape Whisperer”.  Ruben’s family will be manning the BBQ and taco stand to accompany all of the great wines mentioned Read More →

Carbonic Sangiovese and the Growing Niche for Chilled Reds

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Our Chilled Red Wine Program Carbonic Sangiovese stirs up a bit of controversy.  When presented as a cold, more substantial alternative to Rose, people often fall in love with the cherry fruit purity and light, refreshing finish.  When people pop the cork expecting a rich, coating, more traditional California red – especially if the bottle is at summertime room temperature – reactions become mixed, often Read More →

Fresh Liveliness + Supple Texture = Wining Combination

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Robust flavors and smooth, coating richness define the 2014 vintage. Warmer night time temperatures added richness and depth to bright, fresh fruit profiles. The pleasant, happy year in Ballard Canyon shows through to the wines. Representatives 2014 Estate Syrah and 2014 Estate Roussanne represent almost every exposure within in the hills of Stolpman Vineyards. Our 18 acres of Roussanne stretch over three different blocks and Read More →

The ‘dirt’ on Stolpman Wines

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Naturally adding to the diversity & complexity of our wine making program, Join us as we get dirty with the different soil profiles of the Stolpman property.  Limestone, Clay, Shale & Sand. LIMESTONE Limestone  :  Our founder Tom Stolpman searched the Central Coast for this glorious white rock. Coupled with cold nights, the Limestone bedrock defines the brightness and balance of Stolpman Vineyards wines. Our Ballard Canyon Limestone Read More →

Dry Farming: Pushing the Limits

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By forcing our vines to ripen grapes without irrigation, Stolpman Vineyards achieves naturally concentrated, vibrant flavors. Our dry farming technique might be the most important element of our viticultural methodology. In the 2012-2014 drought years, we reverted to Michel Roland’s definition of dry farming: no vines are irrigated after fruit set when tiny grapes appear. Without rainfall in Santa Barbara County from April through harvest, Read More →

Flowering: Fingers Crossed

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The vineyard is alive with 2016 growth and finger’s crossed, moderate weather will prevail through spring. The early, fragile stages of growth are the riskiest of the year. On the Central Coast, climactic events early in the season often define the vintage profile more profoundly than harvest-time heat spikes and storms. Hoping for Better Luck It’s easy to suspect California’s well-publicized drought as the culprit Read More →

Corks: A Giant Leap Forward

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With the debut of 2014 Grenache and 2014 Angeli, a bright white cork color denotes a revolution in perfecting quality. Every cork Stolpman now uses has been individually sniffed by acutely sensitive human technicians in Benicia, California. Out of 3,500,000 corks sniffed last year, only 3 returned corks snuck through with detectable amounts of TCA. A near perfect .999914%. A Huge Investment Up until now, Read More →

Marc Perrin: Roussanne Fanatic

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Marc Perrin visited two wineries when he briefly came through California last week. On Saturday he met with Rajat Parr to walk the rows of our sister winery Domaine de la Cote. Sunday, Marc met us on the vineyard to learn more about our Roussanne techniques. Stolpman Roussanne Many winemakers laugh at us because of our obsession with Roussanne. Most admittedly obsessive, La Cuadrilla hand Read More →

Planting Mourvedre Cuttings

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Planting Mourvedre Cuttings The sight of tiny, neatly stacked bundles of cuttings taught us our first lesson about Enz Vineyard Mourvedre. The piles were much smaller than we expected. Ruben had asked vintner Russell Enz to give us vine cuttings containing five buds each. Upon examination, each tiny stick did contain five buds, but they were twice as compact as we are accustomed to seeing Read More →