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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 →

Estate Syrah Vertical : 2001 to 2010

Estate Syrah embodies Stolpman Vineyards in a single wine. After all, Sashi Moorman blends almost every clone from our 92 acres of Syrah into the Estate Bottling. As our flagship wine, we make darn sure that Estate Syrah gives our customers one of the best quality-to-value ratios in the entire world of wine. Over the past 10 vintages, the crop yields averaged under 1.5 tons 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 →