The New Era: Oak Versus Whole-Cluster

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2012 marks the first of three evenly hot, perfect growing seasons. The timing of these vintages coincides both with the launch of new winemaking methods, and with the culmination of long-term projects. We have the luxury of embarking on new journeys under ideal conditions. Prior to the 2014 Syrah harvest, I sat down with Sashi Moorman to learn more about the changes afoot. W H Read More →

Experience Harvest

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V I E W  F R O M  T H E  B A R N Around 9pm, the still night air is broken by headlights as the first of the crew arrives. A cloud of dust follows the cars as they park under the giant oak tree. Memories of the calm darkness become distant as the diesel tractor engines fire up. The harvesting lights, hung Read More →

This is why they call it Bastardo…

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The Trousseau vines, or as the Portuguese call them, Bastardo; grew vigorously in only the second year after grafting. Rajat Parr assured us this was the nature of the varietal, as it produces less concentrated, light-colored red wines and roses. Weeks ago, we picked the first two tons to make Pet-Nat (Petillant Naturel), a naturally sparkling wine that will partially ferment in tank and then finish Read More →

The New Era

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If you have any doubt about our dedication to making the absolute best wine possible, I invite you to take a stroll through our cuverie. Row on row of beautiful (in a way only a proud owner can love) 4-ton open-top unsealed concrete fermenters stand full of BB-sized purple Syrah grapes. As we debut the 2012 Syrahs this fall, our customers will taste not only Read More →

TexSom Syrah Seminar

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Gr TexSom 2014, perhaps the most important annual sommelier conference in the US, featured a varietal focus seminar on Syrah. Syrah, loved for its complexity and age-worthiness, has to rank at the very top of the list of Sommeliers’ favorite varietals. The room was packed. Firmly placing Ballard Canyon in the Syrah spotlight, moderator Josh Raynolds presented 2012 Stolpman Estate Syrah with 8 other Syrahs Read More →

2014 Vintage Outlook

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Because of the even-moderate heat and drought conditions, we will begin picking Syrah in late August, a record early harvest. Previously, we have started Syrah harvest with Ruben’s block as early as the first week of September. On average we forecast to pick two weeks earlier than any past vintage. P H E N O L I C  R I P E N E S Read More →

Dinner in the Vineyard : Farm to Table evening benefitting La Cuadrilla Foundation

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On August 2nd, guests gathered under the oak grove at Villa Angeli for a wonderful night benefitting the new La Cuadrilla Foundation. W A L K I N G  T O U R S The night began with guided walking tours. From the perimeter of Villa Angeli guests took in the view of all of Ballard Canyon AVA. We pointed out the northernmost Tierra Alta Read More →

Best of Tasting – August 3rd

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On August 3rd we will pour 16 of our very best wines for customers seated around the large wood table in our Lompoc Winery. We selected the wines from 12 vintages to show off how Stolpman wines taste at the height of maturity, concluding with the best of the stunning 2012 vintage. There are still a few seats available at the 11am seating more info. Read More →

Roussanne: Standing Defiant

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While Ruben and La Cuadrilla worked carefully to keep all of our other varietals shaded from 2014’s intense sunshine, we took the opposite approach with Roussanne. The green clusters rest against the fruit wire in a straight horizontal row all the way down the L’Avion block. The crew cut off and dropped any cluster not perfectly in line while also carefully pulling leaves away from Read More →

The Ballard Canyon Bottle: Syrah Identity for the Syrah Territory

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Ballard Canyon, the only American Viticultural Area dedicated to Syrah, now has its own custom bottle. The words BALLARD CANYON encircle the shoulder of the glass, with the letters raised above the surface. Only Syrah will be put in this new bottle, honing Ballard Canyon’s identity for the varietal, which accounts for over half of the planted acreage in the AVA. The Ballard Canyon Winegrowers’ Read More →