Stolpman Vineyards

Stolpman Vineyards was founded twenty years ago by Thomas Stolpman in a site hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast which has since become Ballard Canyon AVA. Now in the hands of son Peter, the future of the property looks to be very bright. The area is perfectly suited to Syrah and Roussanne and the qualities of these varieties are brought out through careful, natural, dry farming. Santa Barbara County is lucky in its avoidance of autumnal storms and the grapes can therefore be left on the vines into November to ensure enough time for this notoriously late ripening varietal. The low humidity of Santa Barbara also means that rot and mildew are never a problem during this time. The Estate Roussanne is made up of 91% Roussanne and 9% Chardonnay. It is aged in 500 litre new French puncheons which leads to toasted notes but without an excessive oak influence. Despite the late ripening the wine still comes in at 13.5%. The Estate Syrah uses a 50% whole cluster fermentation and it is aged for ten months in 500 litre puncheons, of which just 10% is..... new. It is dark crimson in colour and has a characteristic freshness. In 2013 one block of uber trendy Trousseau was grafted. 75% of this is whole cluster fermented in concrete whilst the remaining 25% is fermented in stainless steel. It has a vibrant pale, cherry red colour and the mouth has a soft, silky texture and an abundance of red fruit.
`Few people are as passionate about Ballard Canyon as Peter Stolpman is. To be sure, Ballard Canyon is a very distinctive region, especially for Syrah. As for his own wines, Stolpman’s A-list team of winemaker Sashi Moorman and vineyard guru Ruben Solorzano keeps ratcheting up the quality level at the estate. Simply put, these wines have never been better.` Antonio Galloni, Vinous, June 2014

Winemaker: Sashi Moorman

Parcels:
Dry Farming
La Cuadrilla
Ballard
Canyon

Website: www.stolpmanvineyards.com

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