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 →

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 →

Procurement of Mourvedre Cuttin

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Excited about our plan to potentially revolutionize New World Mourvedre, it came time to find the ideal cuttings for our ambitious project. With 36,000 vines going into the ground on the highest, steepest limestone ridge of the vineyard, I did not take this decision lightly. The Connection A few years back, we met Ian Brand in his Salinas winery. On the concrete crush pad he Read More →

2015 Rose – A Different Shade of Pink

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I thought Sashi nailed the 2014 rose – super light and refreshing – firm, fresh strawberry fruit and racing acidity. The color was a pale peach, and at least once last spring, I did a double take thinking I poured Sauvignon Blanc rather than rose. To my surprise, Sashi approached the 2015 vintage with a deviation in mind. 30% of the fruit fermented for 21 Read More →

Welcome Back, Kyle Knapp

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When we started to look for a talented winemaker to add to our team, I made one call. Kyle Knapp began his winemaking career in 2005 at Ballard Canyon neighbor Beckmen Vineyards. Beckmen’s Purisima Mountain Vineyard borders Stolpman and like our ranch, lies on Limestone soils. In 2006 Kyle embarked on an ambitious triple vintage first in Australia’s Flying Fish Winery Margaret River. Kyle returned Read More →