Tag Archives: Harvest

2016 Vintage Update: Diving In

Across Santa Barbara County, the cold nights and moderate day time highs have resulted in phenolic and sugar ripeness at high acid levels. The resulting wines should be bright and vervy, and, age-able for decades. September 7th marked the first Syrah harvest night at Stolpman. We kicked off with the crown of Ruben’s block and some own-rooted high-density Syrah destined for the Estate bottling. By Read More →

Passionista Treasure Hunt: Vineyard Hike

Treasure Hunt The Passionista tasting room crew demanded a preview of the 8 new wines currently available for Pre-Release. We planned to conduct the tasting perched above the vineyard in the newly completed Villa Angeli. Of course, holding a staff tasting requires sitting down for a meal together, so alas, we had a perfect excuse for Chef Bryan Blakeboro to break in the giant Villa Angeli Read More →

There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. –Coco Chanel

In my typical hero worship of Sashi Moorman I too often fail to recognize the woman behind the man.  This guest blog post from Sashi’s wife Melissa brings to light what an incredible, inspiring partnership they have.  Please enjoy Melissa’s beautifully written look into how she, Sashi, and Juliet survive, and even thrive, through harvest. – Peter Stolpman Harvest is coming early this year. And Read More →

2012 Stolpman Rose: Bright & Vibrant!

Finishing up the 2012 harvest, it seems like ages ago that we decided to pick Grenache and Sangiovese for Rose. The vineyard looked great and the yields were healthy. We knew that picking a cluster or two off of each Sangiovese vine would make the 2012 Estate Sangiovese darker and more intense. Our Grenache vines also gave us a lot of clusters, especially in our Read More →

Step by Step: How we make Syrah

In 2012 we’re taking a very straight forward approach to Syrah production.  Here’s a step-by-step look at the action… In the Vineyard No irrigation, even when it hits 100 degrees. No sugar testing. Watch the health of the leaves and the browning of the stems and seeds. Taste the fruit! Picking Night harvest starting with the East facing hills that get the morning sun without wind. Read More →