Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Best of Tasting – August 3rd

On August 3rd we will pour 16 of our very best wines for customers seated around the large wood table in our Lompoc Winery. We selected the wines from 12 vintages to show off how Stolpman wines taste at the height of maturity, concluding with the best of the stunning 2012 vintage. There are still a few seats available at the 11am seating more info. Read More →

Roussanne: Standing Defiant

While Ruben and La Cuadrilla worked carefully to keep all of our other varietals shaded from 2014’s intense sunshine, we took the opposite approach with Roussanne. The green clusters rest against the fruit wire in a straight horizontal row all the way down the L’Avion block. The crew cut off and dropped any cluster not perfectly in line while also carefully pulling leaves away from Read More →

The Ballard Canyon Bottle: Syrah Identity for the Syrah Territory

Ballard Canyon, the only American Viticultural Area dedicated to Syrah, now has its own custom bottle. The words BALLARD CANYON encircle the shoulder of the glass, with the letters raised above the surface. Only Syrah will be put in this new bottle, honing Ballard Canyon’s identity for the varietal, which accounts for over half of the planted acreage in the AVA. The Ballard Canyon Winegrowers’ Read More →

Fighting for Balance in the Drought and Heat

  The entire vineyard has entered a finish-line sprint to harvest. We recorded only 6.5 inches of rain this winter and the vines sensed the dryness even before budding. Shoots grew quickly, but then stopped, transferring energy earlier than normal to ripening fruit. Without water, the vines work to ripen the grapes quickly, before they run out of energy. We are seeing Verasion all over Read More →

Grenache Noir = Grenache Nouveau

Over the past few years, Grenache has quietly gone through a revolution in California and Stolpman Vineyards’ program mirrors the change. Jon Bonne wrote an article back in March of 2011 {READ ARTICLE} about Grenache’s promising future and followed up on the varietal earlier this year {READ ARTICLE} Friends like Russell From of Herman Story make Grenaches so juicy and inviting, they’re hard not to like. The Read More →