Category Archives: The Battle For Syrah

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 →

Para Maria de los Tecolotes

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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 →

The New Era

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If you have any doubt about our dedication to making the absolute best wine possible, I invite you to take a stroll through our cuverie. Row on row of beautiful (in a way only a proud owner can love) 4-ton open-top unsealed concrete fermenters stand full of BB-sized purple Syrah grapes. As we debut the 2012 Syrahs this fall, our customers will taste not only Read More →

TexSom Syrah Seminar

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Gr TexSom 2014, perhaps the most important annual sommelier conference in the US, featured a varietal focus seminar on Syrah. Syrah, loved for its complexity and age-worthiness, has to rank at the very top of the list of Sommeliers’ favorite varietals. The room was packed. Firmly placing Ballard Canyon in the Syrah spotlight, moderator Josh Raynolds presented 2012 Stolpman Estate Syrah with 8 other Syrahs Read More →

The Ballard Canyon Bottle: Syrah Identity for the Syrah Territory

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Ballard Canyon, the only American Viticultural Area dedicated to Syrah, now has its own custom bottle. The words BALLARD CANYON encircle the shoulder of the glass, with the letters raised above the surface. Only Syrah will be put in this new bottle, honing Ballard Canyon’s identity for the varietal, which accounts for over half of the planted acreage in the AVA. The Ballard Canyon Winegrowers’ Read More →

Peerless Wine: 2012 Estate Syrah

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T H E  L E A D  U P 2012 was a dream vintage in which nature seemingly telegraphed every move. Ruben and Sashi coordinated La Cuadrilla in routine all-night pickings through late October to deliver fruit at the peak of bright-ripeness. When Ruben Solorzano handed off the last load of 2012 Syrah to Sashi Moorman he reported to me with a broad smile “I gave Read More →

Cool Climate is Perfect Climate for Syrah. Period.

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Proof that Cool Climate is the Perfect Climate for Syrah? Over the past fourteen years, Sashi Moorman has become more confident in our maturing vineyard. Gradually, he has asked Ruben Solorzano to pick earlier in the season. The resulting Syrahs show off our bright, balanced, Limestone-driven fruit profile. In the winery, Sashi slowly decreased the amount of new French Oak and increased percentages of whole-cluster Read More →

Spice will turn America to Syrah

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The Best Article on Stolpman Ever On February 5th, Author Evan Dawson published perhaps the most spot-on article about Stolpman Vineyards written in our 24 year history. He interviewed Sashi and I for the story and ended up taking the angle that the extremely high prices of Cote Rotie and Hermitage will lead wine connoisseurs to drink Stolpman. I can’t pop $120-$380 bottles of Cote Read More →

Charles Banks on Syrah

Charles Banks recently announced a partnership with Bob Lindquist, founder of Qupe Winery. Bob Lindquist was among the first California winemakers to dedicate a winery to Syrah, and he has carried the Syrah torch ever since founding Qupe in 1982. After I read the press release, in which Charles proclaimed his excitement for the future of Syrah; I wanted to find out why Charles Banks Read More →

Giving Syrah ‘the old college try’ – ’04 ’05 ’06

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In 2012, I was able to identify and focus on the US markets that demand Stolpman Estate Syrah at arm’s length; the towns where Syrah flows at every great bistro and farm-fresh cafe. We’re close to updating the ‘Trade’ section of our website with our new distributor list, so Sommeliers can easily track down Stolpman wine and quench The People’s thirst. In looking at our Read More →