‘Love You Bunches’ – A whimsical label for a whimsical wine

  The story of our new Carbonic Sangiovese label goes back to August of 2016, when our friends Emily and Patton Penhallegon served the 2015 vintage at their beautiful wedding in Flathead Lake, Montana. Our mutual friend, Italian Wine Importer extraordinaire, Joanie Karapetian posted a photo of the Carbonic Sangiovese bottle. Under the bottle shot, framed by the Montana backdrop, she wrote “nothing says ‘I Read More →

Simon and Sirch Method: A Revolution in Pruning

Simon & Sirch Pruning Method from Stolpman Vineyards on Vimeo.   This January we were honored with a visit from “The Italian Pruning Guys”. The group travels the world teaching vintners the Simon and Sirch method of pruning. The method has been developed to extend vines’ lifespans. I was shocked to learn that the average vine lives less than 20 years in Europe.  Increasing a vines’ Read More →

2012 The Break Out Vintage

The stars aligned in 2012. After two cold vintages filled with extremes, Mother Nature mellowed and gave us a brilliantly even growing season. Artisans worked all summer fabricating our new concrete fermenters. The thick, naturally-insulating tanks enabled us to gently extract every delicate nuance from the happy grapes. In short, 2012 eschewed in a whole new chapter for Stolpman Vineyards. Today, as we taste the Read More →

Throwback to 2013

All harvest we obsess over the flavor and texture of the fruit on the vine. In the winery, we become all-consumed with fermentation temperatures and extraction management. For the next one, two, and even three years we systematically check in on each barrel, examining how the flavors integrate and settle. Once bottled, we live with the wines through release, writing tasting notes and popping corks Read More →

Defining the “Red Wine Drinker’s White”

In 2016, Roussanne clusters hung on the vine through October.  La Cuadrilla waited for the Roussanne to ripen for almost a month after finishing the red harvest.  The crew passed the time picking olives and taking down bird nets.  This delay explains a lot about the behavior of our Roussanne wines.  With the longest hang-time in Ballard Canyon, the extra month of maturation allows for Read More →

2016: The Tale of Two Vintages

In early September, the 2016 Santa Barbara County vintage appeared to be a moderate one.  The grapes picked then will turn into bright, fresh wines with high acids.  Then, a moderate offshore heat-spike hit the weekend of September 17, followed by a slightly more pronounced heat-spike the very next weekend. The vintage can now be clearly divided in half: grapes harvested before heat (BH) and Read More →

New Fermenting Methodology in 2016

Harvesting Based on Taste We spend much of our days walking the vineyard rows, constantly tasting grapes. West faces, east faces, hilltops – each side of the vine – and grapes from varying positions on clusters; all examined. We taste the sweetness and flavor profile, paying close attention to the softening texture of the skins and seeds – both will define the tannin structure of Read More →

2016 Vintage Update: Diving In

Across Santa Barbara County, the cold nights and moderate day time highs have resulted in phenolic and sugar ripeness at high acid levels. The resulting wines should be bright and vervy, and, age-able for decades. September 7th marked the first Syrah harvest night at Stolpman. We kicked off with the crown of Ruben’s block and some own-rooted high-density Syrah destined for the Estate bottling. By Read More →

High Density Saga pt.1 – Weeding

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

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 →