Category Archives: Tasting Discoveries

Fresh Liveliness + Supple Texture = Wining Combination


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 →

2008 Stolpman Horizontal Collection


2008 Vintage The extremes of 2008 are written across the wines. Spring frost burnt our newly budded crop for the first time in the vineyards’ history. The April cold snap reduced the crop load dramatically, meaning each vine would concentrate its energy on only a few clusters. Then in mid-June, unprecedented weather stuck again in the form of an early heat wave. Temperatures soared to Read More →

HECHO POR RUBEN – Made by Ruben


In order to further understand the consequence of each plow, snip, and touch he takes among the vines, Ruben decided to make wine. Over the past 15 years, Ruben’s intensive interaction with Sashi has enlightened him to barely distinguishable consequences of timing and care in each of the Stolpman Vineyards micro blocks. In order to branch out and learn anew, Ruben purchased fruit from some Read More →

Introducing Western Gate


John Faulkner might have the best job a 31 year old winemaker could dream of. He works under Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr to craft not only Stolpman wines, but also burgundy projects Sandhi,  Domaine de la Cote, and Pence Ranch even fitting in time to play with the small experimental lots of the PiedraSassi project. Just as Tom Stolpman encouraged Sashi to branch out Read More →

Para Maria de los Tecolotes


Para Maria Those who visit the vineyard catch only fleeting glimpses of Maria Solorzano. She zooms through the vineyard on her ATV inspecting blocks, occasionally jumping off to check in with La Cuadrilla members spread out on foot across the hillsides. As forewoman of Stolpman Vineyards, Maria executes all of Ruben’s viticultural ideas. While Ruben consults on other properties, Maria takes care of the home Read More →

Research Trip: The Young Minds of Paso Robles


Today there are so many beautiful wineries dotting the hills of Paso Robles, it’s getting increasingly difficult to decide where to take the Stolpman staff on Central Coast research trips. So in between visiting Saxum and Epoch, we lunched with three young winemakers to learn about the new generation set to take over Paso. Aaron Jackson – Aaron Wines Aaron built his brand on Petite Read More →

Research Trip: Justin Smith of Saxum


If we could only meet one winemaker in Paso Robles, it would have to be Justin Smith. Yes, there is Saxum’s allure: the waiting list and the 100 point score. But there is more to Saxum than the winery’s reputation – owner winemaker Justin Smith’s discoveries and innovations – and his willingness to share them – have shaped the methodologies of the Central Coast’s highest Read More →



Tom Stolpman’s Mandate from Day One: “Hide at least 10 cases of every wine we bottle deep inside the cold room and don’t let me touch them!” Just as Tom predicted: tannins integrated, flavors blossomed, textures fleshed. Luxurious, revelatory wines flourished the only way possible, via patience. We hoarded these wines to a tipping point. Eventually we ran out of space, and I opened flights Read More →

Making ‘Sense’ of Wine


There isn’t a day at the tasting room that goes by that I don’t overhear conversations ranging from deep tannin expression analysis to down home declarations of – ‘I like it!’  Our folks behind the bar are quick to shout out fundamentals of how each wine is produced – from the history of a varietal to specific barrel selection, aging, concrete fermenters – every choice Read More →

This is why they call it Bastardo…


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 →