Monthly Archives: April 2015

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History of Stolpman Sangiovese

Tom Stolpman describes himself as an Italophile – he loves everything Italian, but especially, Italian wine. Tom’s passion served as the sole motivator to plant Italian varietals on our Ballard Canyon property in the mid ‘90s. He chose perhaps the two most heralded grapes from the top of the Boot – Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. While the cold nights and gale force winds of Ballard Canyon Read More →

The Sangiovese Scare

Even before we bottled the inaugural 2013 vintage of Carbonic Sangiovese, rumors of Estate Sangiovese’s discontinuation spread throughout our mailing list. Over the past 15 years, Wine Club members have become fiercely devoted to the Estate bottling. Upon hearing my enthusiastic rantings about a new style of Sangiovese made to drink chilled, folks feared the hipster Carbonic bottling might eat into the Estate production. A Read More →

One isn’t Always the Loneliest Number – The Art of ‘Thinning’

One Cluster per Shoot Thinning all of our Syrah to one cluster per shoot might be the most striking example of Stolpman’s dedication to quality at the sacrifice of quantity. Key to Dry Farming Ruben will not water any of our Syrah once the vines set grapes in mid-May. The vines’ fight through the summer will yield naturally concentrated, vibrant, and nuanced Syrah. Thankfully, Syrah Read More →

Omar Oliver – The New Kid & his Block

We are now 3 years deep into our unprecedented Syrah experiment! Short white cylinders protect tightly spaced vines spanning up the steep hillside in perfectly straight lines. Each plant roots downward within two meters of 8 neighboring vines. Stacked on top of one another to force competition, the vines immediately penetrate limestone subsoil. In 2013 we started with 50 special Syrah cuttings. 49 grew, and Read More →