2020 Stolpman Vineyards “La Cuadrilla”, Ballard Canyon, California, USA

Abundant fruit on the nose that spans from bright red to black plum. The body comes off deep and coating with fine chalky tannins on the finish. Fresh black plum sings above the rich density.



“La Cuadrilla” is a project started by their winemaker, Ruben. Ruben wanted to create a profit-sharing program with the vineyard crew. All the profits from La Cuadrilla go directly to the vineyard hands. The wine changes year to year, and the crew picks the blend and aging regiment each year. Being so involved with the process really gives them a sense of pride and control.

The 2019 vintage is a blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, and Grenache. It's vinified in 80% concrete and 20% stainless steel. Aged in 100% neutral French oak puncheons for 10 months.


Tom Stolpman is the pioneer of the Ballard Canyon AVA. He founded Stolpman Vineyards in 1988 when no one was growing grapes in Ballard Canyon. He is considered the founding vineyard of the AVA. Peter, his son, took over recently. They are known for their Syrah and Rhone varietals. Peter likes to experiment with more innovative wine making techniques and varietals.

They are practicing organic and do not use herbicides/chemicals. They pick and choose from Biodynamic practices and embrace the lunar calendar to identify optimal picking dates. One of the most remarkable things about the winery is that they also practice sustainable employment. Everyone that works at the winery is full-time. The goal is for all of their workers have a steady job, a career, and raise their families locally and with security.


Grape(s) Syrah, Sangiovese, Grenache
Farming Biodynamic