Tag Archives: Rose

2015 Rose – A Different Shade of Pink

I thought Sashi nailed the 2014 rose – super light and refreshing – firm, fresh strawberry fruit and racing acidity. The color was a pale peach, and at least once last spring, I did a double take thinking I poured Sauvignon Blanc rather than rose. To my surprise, Sashi approached the 2015 vintage with a deviation in mind. 30% of the fruit fermented for 21 Read More →


B A C K G R O U N D Tales of old Tuscan wines inspired us to make the 2013 Carbonic Sangiovese. Traditionally, villagers didn’t want to wait for their wine to age in order to enjoy. Their solution was simple: press wine before the end of fermentation to avoid rough tannins on the finish. The Italians apparently didn’t mind sacrificing the deep color Read More →


It is with great pride that I introduce the first Stolpman wines to be labeled “Ballard Canyon” AVA. My father Tom began dreaming about and advocating for a Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area over 20 years ago; by 2010 others saw the same light and our neighbors joined forces to begin the process of petitioning the Federal Government to officially recognize the uniqueness of our Read More →

Going Strong Bi-Coastal: The Country Vintner Road Show

Ask any good restaurateur in DC, Baltimore, Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, or Charlotte who they buy most of their wine from and they’re bound to tell you Country Vintner. That’s because the Vintner Group has a gigantic international portfolio of family-owned wineries with virtually no big-brand bullshit. In late March, I graciously accepted the invitation to go on the Vintner Group roadshow, taking a Tour Coach with 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 →