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Stolpman Vineyards La Cuadrilla 2018

America, California Wine
92 WE
Stolpman Vineyards La Cuadrilla

La Cuadrilla or "The Crew" is a wine that is made in partnership with the vineyard crew at Stolpman.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Ballard Canyon
Winery Stolpman Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 70% Syrah 15% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache
¥4,180  (incl. tax)

La Cuadrilla or "The Crew" is a wine that is made in partnership with the vineyard crew at Stolpman.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Ballard Canyon
Winery Stolpman Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 70% Syrah 15% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache
Production

Viticulture

Various blocks used for training the Cuadrilla and older vines in Blocks 1 and 6

Vinification

Fermented in 80% Concrete Tanks, 20% Stainless Steel.
Aged in 500L French Oak Puncheons, all neutral.

2018 Label Story
After Assistant Wine Maker Matt Nooks returned from a surf trip with the 2015 La Cuadrilla "agave sickle" label tattooed down the length of his forearm, Ruben promised to the next vintage's label inked. It would be his very first tattoo. Artist Kari Crist took the next design very seriously - creating Ruben's "spirit animal" an Aztec hawk floating above Ballard Canyon.

When Ruben sent us all a photo of his tattoo from a Puerto Vallarta beach, the asymmetrical bird, obviously drawn with henna, proved to us that Ruben was never serious about an actual tattoo. So now, in 2018, Kari has given Ruben several tattoos via photoshop on this year's label. All the tattoos revolve around Ruben, his family and his life's passion- the vineyard.

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Bursts with red fruit, spice, and mint.  The robust, firm fruit gives way to a happy, soft, plushness in the mid-palate and finish. The wine possesses a happy warmth baking spices intermixed with its twinkling red energy.

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Winery

Winery Description

Leading Syrah Producer of Ballard Canyon AVA

Over 20 years ago, Thomas Stolpman, discovered what many might describe as one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare Limestone outcropping & unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is ideally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. Stolpman is committed to preserving this natural environment for thier vines through natural farming, dry farming, & sustainable employment. In the winery, they prefer native fermentation & minimal manipulation.


Dedicated to sensible farming & winemaking, they believe that they can create natural, vibrant, site-specific wines, with a focus unique to Ballard Canyon AVA, California. Their 220-acre property, of which 153 acres are currently planted to grapes, lies on three major limestone ridgelines in Santa Barbara County. By implementing revolutionary viticultural techniques, they push the dry-farmed limestone vines to unprecedented levels of quality.

Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code ST181352
UPC 890095000883