Tag Archives: Sashi Moorman

Ruben & his Legacy Project

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 →

SYRAH and…? THE FUTURE OF STOLPMAN VINEYARDS

We believe Syrah is the best suited grape for Ballard Canyon. Sangiovese also does exceptionally well in our vineyard, but it ripens simultaneously with Syrah. The timing creates one of our very best wines, La Croce, but it also creates a tough picking rush for La Cuadrilla and an insanely frantic period for Sashi and the winery. Enter Grenache, which has gained a fervent following Read More →

L’Avion Roussanne: A Test of Patience in the Winery

Over Sashi Moorman’s 12 years of making Roussanne, he has experimented with countless techniques to make L’Avion as delicious as possible. Sashi influences Ruben’s work in the vineyard, coaxing the Roussanne to even ripening (BLOG LINK). Once picked, Sashi owns all responsibility for the end wine and must figure out how to accentuate every ounce of terroir. As Ruben says, “We give Sashi the best 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 →

Hanging on the Vine for Points

I received Ruben Solorzano’s harvest report as soon as we arrived back in cell service on the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain. Scrolling through block after block of harvested grapes brought home the importance of the viticultural revolution happening right now at Stolpman Vineyards. Following a sales trip in San Francisco (where we caught the America’s Cup finals), Napa, and Sonoma; Jessica and I had 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 →

Flipped: Cote Rotie and Ballard Canyon Harvest

A RARE HARVEST-TIME VISIT FROM STEPHANE OGIER When Stephane Ogier, the famed Cote Rotie winemaker of Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier, told us he was coming to visit on September 5, Rajat Parr and I carved out time to show him Ballard Canyon. Sashi even committed to cooking dinner in the middle of Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote Pinot Noir and Chardonnay harvest. I privately wondered 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 →

Different Shades of White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc v Golden Point

Stolpman Vineyards’ two entry level white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Golden Point, exist in two different universes. Sauvignon Blanc appears straight forward: Clearly the most mainstream varietal produced at Stolpman Vineyards, the wine is pressed and aged only in stainless steel. Sashi inhibits secondary fermentation to create a crisp, pure profile and the wine is filtered, because God Forbid, an unsuspecting punter sees clouds in Read More →