Cool Climate is Perfect Climate for Syrah. Period.

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Proof that Cool Climate is the Perfect Climate for Syrah? Over the past fourteen years, Sashi Moorman has become more confident in our maturing vineyard. Gradually, he has asked Ruben Solorzano to pick earlier in the season. The resulting Syrahs show off our bright, balanced, Limestone-driven fruit profile. In the winery, Sashi slowly decreased the amount of new French Oak and increased percentages of whole-cluster 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 →

Naked Fermentation: Bidding Farewell to Malic Acid?

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In 2010 Rajat Parr tested one of his winemaking theories. He believed sulfur added to newly harvested grapes stripped the subsequent wine’s immunity and aging potential. By blanketing the grapes with protectant, and killing off many organisms, the grapes’ natural immunity is also stripped. A wine would be more whole, longer lived, and complex if the grapes finish native fermentation naked. Rajat arrived at this Read More →

NEW RELEASE NOTES: March 2014

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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 →

Beginnings of the Grape Whisperer

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Ever since Journalist Matt Kettman crowned vineyard manager Ruben Solórzano The Grape Whisperer, both the Stolpman Vineyards family and the Solórzano family have teased Ruben quite a bit. We all know there is truth to this title. Ruben intuitively farms the ranch and hears, sees, and senses the vines’ health. He pushes the vines to the brink annually through the twists and turns of the Read More →

Spice will turn America to Syrah

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The Best Article on Stolpman Ever On February 5th, Author Evan Dawson published perhaps the most spot-on article about Stolpman Vineyards written in our 24 year history. He interviewed Sashi and I for the story and ended up taking the angle that the extremely high prices of Cote Rotie and Hermitage will lead wine connoisseurs to drink Stolpman. I can’t pop $120-$380 bottles of Cote Read More →

Loyalty & Courage: Behind the Label of La Cuadrilla 2012

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We are proud to unveil the third La Cuadrilla label in Kari Crist’s series. The new cover piece is titled “Loyalty and Courage”. Background We pride ourselves in employing a full-time workforce in the vineyard rather than hiring temporary labor for pruning and harvest. Because our crew is full-time and dedicated to Stolpman, each member develops advanced skills and techniques. The crew can quickly adapt Read More →

Clay vs The Drought

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Tom Stolpman’s singular obsession with noble limestone permeates every discussion of our wines. He purchased our vineyard land only once he discovered it lies on a 300 foot deep slab of the white, porous rock. Because we are so proud of Limestone’s mineral, high acid effect on the wines, we seldom discuss the thin layer of dirt above. Our clay topsoil is light gray when Read More →

In Pursuit of Alsatian Richne

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As producers of the relatively rare grape Roussanne, we’re obsessed with creating rich white wine structured by a mineral-driven backbone. Because we lack crowds of Roussanne peers, we seek outside reference points. Among those we can learn from are the winemakers of Alsace who focus 90% of their vineyards on whites. A STUDY OF BALANCE IN ALSACE The combination of weight and acid is rare, as Read More →