Tag Archives: Sangiovese

Throwback to 2013

All harvest we obsess over the flavor and texture of the fruit on the vine. In the winery, we become all-consumed with fermentation temperatures and extraction management. For the next one, two, and even three years we systematically check in on each barrel, examining how the flavors integrate and settle. Once bottled, we live with the wines through release, writing tasting notes and popping corks Read More →

2008 Stolpman Horizontal Collection

2008 Vintage The extremes of 2008 are written across the wines. Spring frost burnt our newly budded crop for the first time in the vineyards’ history. The April cold snap reduced the crop load dramatically, meaning each vine would concentrate its energy on only a few clusters. Then in mid-June, unprecedented weather stuck again in the form of an early heat wave. Temperatures soared to Read More →

History of Stolpman Sangiovese

Tom Stolpman describes himself as an Italophile – he loves everything Italian, but especially, Italian wine. Tom’s passion served as the sole motivator to plant Italian varietals on our Ballard Canyon property in the mid ‘90s. He chose perhaps the two most heralded grapes from the top of the Boot – Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. While the cold nights and gale force winds of Ballard Canyon Read More →

The Sangiovese Scare

Even before we bottled the inaugural 2013 vintage of Carbonic Sangiovese, rumors of Estate Sangiovese’s discontinuation spread throughout our mailing list. Over the past 15 years, Wine Club members have become fiercely devoted to the Estate bottling. Upon hearing my enthusiastic rantings about a new style of Sangiovese made to drink chilled, folks feared the hipster Carbonic bottling might eat into the Estate production. A Read More →

OLD WORLD. NEW WORLD. CARBONICATION.

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 →

THE BIOGRAPHY COLLECTION

A once in a lifetime opportunity! 12 different bottles ranging from 12 to 17 years old pre-tasted and packaged to enjoy velvety, integrated, and mature. For our customers who don’t have the patience to age their wines or for those new to wine collecting; this mixed case instantly creates a deep cellar! $40 per bottle for non-club members and $30/bottle for club members these wines Read More →

Long Overdue: The Release of Large Format!

We all love magnums for cellaring and popping on special occasions. And of course, wines in magnums evolve more slowly, improving over a longer period of time due to the greater volume of liquid sealed in the bottle more info It seems like we are long overdue in releasing a magnum offering to our wine club, rather than continuing to hoard a few hand-bottled large 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 →

Fall 2013 Stolpman Release : A Sneak Peek!

LA CUADRILLA WHITE (NV) The prospects of making a great Viognier are almost as elusive as making a great Roussanne. To keep the fruit profile fresh and pure, we usually play it safe. We press the clusters and immediately put the juice in stainless steel tanks to ferment and age and then quickly bottle the wine within 6-8 months. We took a long break from 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 →