Tag Archives: Limestone

The ‘dirt’ on Stolpman Wines

Naturally adding to the diversity & complexity of our wine making program, Join us as we get dirty with the different soil profiles of the Stolpman property.  Limestone, Clay, Shale & Sand. LIMESTONE Limestone  :  Our founder Tom Stolpman searched the Central Coast for this glorious white rock. Coupled with cold nights, the Limestone bedrock defines the brightness and balance of Stolpman Vineyards wines. Our Ballard Canyon Limestone Read More →

Procurement of Mourvedre Cuttin

Excited about our plan to potentially revolutionize New World Mourvedre, it came time to find the ideal cuttings for our ambitious project. With 36,000 vines going into the ground on the highest, steepest limestone ridge of the vineyard, I did not take this decision lightly. The Connection A few years back, we met Ian Brand in his Salinas winery. On the concrete crush pad he Read More →

La Cuadrilla + Limestone

  T H E  L A B E L by Kari Crist, the label’s creator & creative director of Stolpman Vineyards Champagne, Loire, Chablis, Ballard Canyon… What do these guys have in common? Limestone. The calcium rich soil that sky rockets ordinary Vitis Vinifera into rock star status. Limestone. The soil that directed Tom Stolpman to his family’s legacy on Ballard Canyon. Limestone. The only Read More →

Clay vs The Drought

Tom Stolpman’s singular obsession with noble limestone permeates every discussion of our wines. He purchased our vineyard land only once he discovered it lies on a 300 foot deep slab of the white, porous rock. Because we are so proud of Limestone’s mineral, high acid effect on the wines, we seldom discuss the thin layer of dirt above. Our clay topsoil is light gray when 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 →

Rajat Parr and Pete Stolpman’s ‘Bastardo’ Love Child

Rajat Parr sparked our Trousseau courtship a couple years ago. First, bottles of Jura accompanied his frequent trips to our central coast winery from San Francisco. Then, comments about Trousseau’s potential on clay topsoil and limestone subsoil started to drop around the winery lunch table. When Rajat persuaded another friend to give him vine cuttings, all he had to do was make the lifelong vow Read More →

Pilgrimmage to Syrah’s Motherland: Cote Rotie: Domaine Rostaing and Stephane Ogier

A quick five minute drive Up-River from Condrieu and we were welcomed into the town of Ampuis by E. Guigal signs towering above the cliff-like vineyards. The diagonal, pointed stakes and head pruned vines would have been a dead giveaway even without the signs, finally I caught a glimpse of the inspiration behind Ruben’s Block! Two quick right turns later and we walked into Renee Rostaing’s Cellar Read More →