Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Mother Vine inspires Father Times

Stolpman’s Vineyard Manager, Ruben Solorzano and his four year old son Omar started the second generation of the Mother Vine/Provignage project. They put the Mother Vine’s three canes underneath the ground and arched up into the air, creating three new offspring connected to Mom. Next year, we hope to have twelve new vine-heads! Photographs by Kari Crist

Perfect Pruning: A Healthy Start to the Vines’ Year

Vineyard Manager Ruben Solorzano starts each growing season off right, with perfect pruning. The Cuadrilla members carefully angle each cut away from the dormant buds. The moisture will condense and drip off the cut without trickling towards the tiny bud once it breaks. If a crew does not pay attention to cut angles, water will saturate the new growth, and two additional early-season sulfur sprays Read More →

Naked Fermentation: Bidding Farewell to Malic Acid?

In 2010 Rajat Parr tested one of his winemaking theories. He believed sulfur added to newly harvested grapes stripped the subsequent wine’s immunity and aging potential. By blanketing the grapes with protectant, and killing off many organisms, the grapes’ natural immunity is also stripped. A wine would be more whole, longer lived, and complex if the grapes finish native fermentation naked. Rajat arrived at this Read More →

NEW RELEASE NOTES: March 2014

It is with great pride that I introduce the first Stolpman wines to be labeled “Ballard Canyon” AVA. My father Tom began dreaming about and advocating for a Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area over 20 years ago; by 2010 others saw the same light and our neighbors joined forces to begin the process of petitioning the Federal Government to officially recognize the uniqueness of our Read More →