Tag Archives: High Density

2008 Stolpman Horizontal Collection

2008 Vintage The extremes of 2008 are written across the wines. Spring frost burnt our newly budded crop for the first time in the vineyards’ history. The April cold snap reduced the crop load dramatically, meaning each vine would concentrate its energy on only a few clusters. Then in mid-June, unprecedented weather stuck again in the form of an early heat wave. Temperatures soared to Read More →

Jumping off into Generation 4

  The project started in January of 2013 with only 50 special Syrah cuttings. As we prepare the steep hills for planting the fourth generation of vines, the extent of the project is now plainly visible. An army of metal stakes, orderly spaced at 3 x 2.5 foot intervals, covers the entire ridgeline, 15,000 strong. In the evening sun, the metal reflects a gleaming white. Read More →

SYRAH and…? THE FUTURE OF STOLPMAN VINEYARDS

We believe Syrah is the best suited grape for Ballard Canyon. Sangiovese also does exceptionally well in our vineyard, but it ripens simultaneously with Syrah. The timing creates one of our very best wines, La Croce, but it also creates a tough picking rush for La Cuadrilla and an insanely frantic period for Sashi and the winery. Enter Grenache, which has gained a fervent following Read More →

The Battle for Syrah: United or Divided under the Stolpman Flag? + A sneak peak at 2010 L’Avion, Ruben’s Block, and Hilltops…

With a quick chance to breath between trips to Houston and Southern California, I met with Sashi, Erin, and John to taste through all the wines we have bottled so far in 2012. We spend so much time tasting wines out of barrel and tank, it was a great chance to analyze the results of our blending decisions. I’d looked forward to this meeting for Read More →