2014 Stolpman "Hecho Por Ruben" Ballard Canyon Syrah SKU #1380109

Price: $29.99

RP 93 WE 93
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Winemaker's Notes: "Hecho Por Ruben = Made By Ruben. Ruben Solorzano has managed Stolpman Vineyards since 1994. Ruben never stops thinking about how he can improve the quality. He started making wine in order to eliminate variables. By taking control of the winemaking process, using the exact same fermentation process and aging process for his different vineyard micro-blocks - he could compare the effects of different pruning and training techniques, as well as judge what picking decisions he preferred. Since his first vintage in 2008, the lots usually have been blended together, but not before Ruben tastes and compares each barrel, making mental notes on vineyard best-practices. While the 2013 Stolpman Syrahs possessed a ton of high-toned energy, the slightly warmer Harrison Clarke site possesses a bit more dark fruit and yummy approachability. We made the 2013 Hecho Por Ruben Harrison Clarke Vineyard syrah in our classic Stolpman winemaking fashion. We left 33% of each lot whole-cluster and allowed for native fermentation, draining the tanks into neutral barrels. The goal of this wine is to let Ruben’s farming shine through. A perfectly aged stunner: Cocoa, Cherry bark, and toasted almond, with cassis and currants on the nose. Deep purple and plummy on the front pallet, but still light, vibrant and uplifting. Back pallet has much more spice and lingers for quite a while: White pepper, sage and bay. Rich mouthfeel, balanced by the freshness of the fruits and mild tannin."

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    As much as we talk about soil and climate influencing wine, it's also a very "human" beverage. From cultivating the land to tending the tending the vines and crushing the grapes; the human hand is integral to how a wine tastes through every stage of the process. Few hands are as experienced or as skilled as those belonging to Ruben Solorzano. Ruben has farmed Stolpman's estate for 25 years. He knows every block intimately and is dedicated to the very best farming possible. He is known by everyone in the regions as THE vine whisperer and is respected by all whom know him. Starting in 2008 the Stolpman family encouraged Ruben to step from the vineyard into the cellar and make a wine based on his personal assessment of the many hundreds of blocks he has spent much of his life farming. The result is simply stunning and tangible proof that great wines are truly made in the vineyard!


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