Tag Archives: Viognier


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 →

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 →

Tough Job – Staff Meetings: First Taste of our 2011 Vintage

Prior to our April 1 Release, the entire tasting room staff sat down with me to taste through the newly bottled wines. Sashi and John usually join us for these mandatory – tough job – staff meetings, but they were both in France on a research trip – yes, even tougher jobs. 2012 Rose: The Grenache (60%) portion of this wine was peachy in color Read More →

If our Viognier Vines were human, they would certainly require Counseling…

The Viognier grape lives a complicated existence on Stolpman Vineyards. If the vines were human, they would certainly require counseling. They are only occasionally praised on their own; namely in 2001 and 2010, when we made a 100% Viognier.  2007 was the only year we have ever made a late harvest Viognier. With respect to their older brother, Roussanne, the Viognier vines are like a Read More →

Third Party Perspective: Andrew Murray’s thoughts on Stolpman’s Classic Syrah Style

Andrew Murray has a whole lot of experience with Central Coast Syrah.  He planted his family’s Foxen Canyon ranch back in the early 90’s after getting inspired in the Northern Rhone. His adventure actually started with his first taste of Condrieu, in a restaurant near Burgundy.  He and his dad jumped in the car and drove straight South to investigate where this magical white nectar Read More →