Stolpman La Cuadrilla Red


55% Syrah, 27% Sangiovese, 18% Grenache – Ballard Canyon AVA, Santa Barbara Co.

Dense aromas of baked black plum, lilac and cherry cola show on the nose of this red blend that is dedicated to and managed by the winery’s vineyard crew. Cola, roasted fennel and grilled strawberries and red plums show on the palate, which is framed by tense tannins.

Vintage 2017
Size 750
Score 92

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Stolpman Vineyards lies on a rare outcropping of limestone in Santa Barbara’s newly-established Ballard Canyon AVA. What makes Ballard Canyon so different from the rest of Santa Barbara is that most of the valleys within the county are in an east/west orientation. Ballard Canyon, however, is north/south, which means the region is moderately sheltered from fog and winds. Ballard Canyon is warmer than the surrounding areas, but combined with the soils, this maked for an ideal location for Rhone varietals, such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier. The Stolpman Vineyard has established itself as one of the prized vineyards in this region.

La Cuadrilla is Spanish for “the crew”, and the proceeds from this wine go back to the farming crew. The core of the wine is harvested from the crew’s Cuadra, a vineyard block that Vineyard Manager Ruben Solorzano gives the crew each year to encourage proactive farming and decision making. Winemaker Sashi Moorman then blends more of the estate’s wine into Cuadrilla, ensuring the wine accounts for at least 10% of Stolpman’s production each year. La Cuadrilla symbolizes the dedication at Stolpman to sustainable year-round employment rather than reliance on migrant labor.


Additional Information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 3 × 3 in


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