Tag Archives: Dry-farming

Dry Farming: Pushing the Limits

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 →

2015: Vineyard in Balance

Walking the vineyard on July 13, 2015 the vines themselves appear to be in perfect balance. Perhaps the most important word in fine wine, most wine drinkers don’t realize that balance – seamless deliciousness – must come from the vineyard. A balanced vineyard creates a balanced wine. How can a vineyard be in balance? The grape clusters are small and loose, hanging with space between Read More →

One isn’t Always the Loneliest Number – The Art of ‘Thinning’

One Cluster per Shoot Thinning all of our Syrah to one cluster per shoot might be the most striking example of Stolpman’s dedication to quality at the sacrifice of quantity. Key to Dry Farming Ruben will not water any of our Syrah once the vines set grapes in mid-May. The vines’ fight through the summer will yield naturally concentrated, vibrant, and nuanced Syrah. Thankfully, Syrah Read More →

The Indifference of Roussanne

We still can’t quite believe how early our red wine harvest came this year. We finished picking on Wednesday morning, October 16. We are now barreling down those last Grenache lots. Harvest came so fast in fact, that Ruben and La Cuadrilla had to frantically pick Sangiovese because the Grenache was already ripe and ready to be harvested on the heels of the Sangio. In Read More →

Obsession: Fine Tannins in 2013

After 19 harvests we’re just as obsessed with improving our wines as we were with our first vintage in 1994. Dry farming Limestone in Ballard Canyon doesn’t always leave me with sexy stories (a tale of organic fertilizer, anyone?), but it’s important to let our devotees know about evolving ideology as an estate. For the past few vintages, winemaker Sashi Moorman has directed his focus Read More →

2013 Vintage Forecast: The Fight is On

Barring freak weather patterns this fall, the dry winter will be the defining factor of Stolpman Vineyards’ 2013 vintage. The weather station on the Vineyard measured only 6.5 inches of rain. This number was not unusual throughout the Central Coast. Conditions are so dry, there have already been a few fires in the Santa Ynez Valley. The most significant, the White Fire, burned 1800 acres Read More →

Mid-Harvest Update: To Pick or Not to Pick?!

Since my first harvest upon returning to the Family in 2009, I’ve come to realize that every vintage has its own unique cycles of excitement, nerves, and, knock on wood… relief! In 2009, I drove the fruit truck every night back and forth between the vineyard and our Lompoc winery. That year, relief came when big rain drops started splattering on the wide truck windshield. Read More →