Monthly Archives: December 2013

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In Pursuit of Alsatian Richne

As producers of the relatively rare grape Roussanne, we’re obsessed with creating rich white wine structured by a mineral-driven backbone. Because we lack crowds of Roussanne peers, we seek outside reference points. Among those we can learn from are the winemakers of Alsace who focus 90% of their vineyards on whites. A STUDY OF BALANCE IN ALSACE The combination of weight and acid is rare, as Read More →

SYRAH and…? THE FUTURE OF STOLPMAN VINEYARDS

We believe Syrah is the best suited grape for Ballard Canyon. Sangiovese also does exceptionally well in our vineyard, but it ripens simultaneously with Syrah. The timing creates one of our very best wines, La Croce, but it also creates a tough picking rush for La Cuadrilla and an insanely frantic period for Sashi and the winery. Enter Grenache, which has gained a fervent following Read More →