Tag Archives: Ruben Solorzano

Ruben & his Legacy Project

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For the past 27 years Ruben Solorzano has soaked up every drop of knowledge from his mentors. He first turned to his older brother Marcos for guidance, and through the 1990s, Jeff Newton took Ruben under his wing. Then Sashi Moorman and Alberto Antonini came on the scene in 2001, and a few years later, Michel Rolland began consultations. Today Ruben stays in regular contact Read More →

HECHO POR RUBEN – Made by Ruben

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In order to further understand the consequence of each plow, snip, and touch he takes among the vines, Ruben decided to make wine. Over the past 15 years, Ruben’s intensive interaction with Sashi has enlightened him to barely distinguishable consequences of timing and care in each of the Stolpman Vineyards micro blocks. In order to branch out and learn anew, Ruben purchased fruit from some Read More →

Our Savior Ruben Solorzano

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The story of the 2015 California vintage is one about dramatically low yields.  The prolonged drought and an unusually cold spring combined for very few grapes hanging on vines.  Vintners identified low cluster counts early on, but as the Pinot Noir harvest began, weights averaged 60% of the already light forecasts.  The bunches are tiny without much juice. Pinot Noir is one of the most 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 →

Tacos + Mariachis – A La Cuadrilla Fiesta

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The entire Stolpman Vineyards team spent the evening of May 30th enjoying the vineyard to celebrate La Cuadrilla. On the lawn under the magnificent Oak, we gathered to relax and take in the natural beauty of the vineyard. Of course, we enjoyed plenty of wine together, the fruit of our combined labor. The day prior, Ruben slaughtered a lamb to slow cook in a vat Read More →

Omar Oliver – The New Kid & his Block

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We are now 3 years deep into our unprecedented Syrah experiment! Short white cylinders protect tightly spaced vines spanning up the steep hillside in perfectly straight lines. Each plant roots downward within two meters of 8 neighboring vines. Stacked on top of one another to force competition, the vines immediately penetrate limestone subsoil. In 2013 we started with 50 special Syrah cuttings. 49 grew, and Read More →

Ballard Canyon: Ruben Solorzano’s Wild Empire

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Beautiful Weeds In early spring the vineyard lies covered in an array of weeds speckled with bright mustard and purple lupine. La Cuadrilla moves through the chest high forest concentrating only on pruning. Ruben and the team take great pride in the wild appearance of the land. We leave the weeds and planted pea-shoot cover crop until the forecast indicates an end to winter rain. Read More →

Roussanne: Standing Defiant

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While Ruben and La Cuadrilla worked carefully to keep all of our other varietals shaded from 2014’s intense sunshine, we took the opposite approach with Roussanne. The green clusters rest against the fruit wire in a straight horizontal row all the way down the L’Avion block. The crew cut off and dropped any cluster not perfectly in line while also carefully pulling leaves away from Read More →

Mother Vine inspires Father Times

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Stolpman’s Vineyard Manager, Ruben Solorzano and his four year old son Omar started the second generation of the Mother Vine/Provignage project. They put the Mother Vine’s three canes underneath the ground and arched up into the air, creating three new offspring connected to Mom. Next year, we hope to have twelve new vine-heads! Photographs by Kari Crist

Perfect Pruning: A Healthy Start to the Vines’ Year

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Vineyard Manager Ruben Solorzano starts each growing season off right, with perfect pruning. The Cuadrilla members carefully angle each cut away from the dormant buds. The moisture will condense and drip off the cut without trickling towards the tiny bud once it breaks. If a crew does not pay attention to cut angles, water will saturate the new growth, and two additional early-season sulfur sprays Read More →