Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Where’s the Juice?

The 2013 Vintage: Where is the juice? The Syrah grapes arriving into the winery look perfect: Small, taught, purple grapes on yellowish brown stems. Assistant winemaker John Faulkner flagged me into our cold room as I arrived at the winery last week. “You have to try the Syrah picked last night!” I followed John as he sidestepped in between pallets of stacked yellow bins. “Try 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 →

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 →