In spring of 2000, keeping with the theme of biodiversity on the property, Marilyn Stolpman planted 5 acres of olive trees on the estate. A field blend of four traditional varietals, Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino and Maurino, were planted and the oil made entirely in the Italian method: olives handpicked under ripe and pressed immediately to capture the oil’s vibrant flavor and fresh, green hue.
About this wine producer: Pete Stolpman’s unique estate, founded in 1990 by his father, Tom Stolpman, is located on a rare limestone outcropping in the heart of Ballard Canyon, has provided grapes to such extraordinary producers as Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non, and Adam Tolmach at the Ojai Vineyard. In 2001, Tolmach’s protégé Sashi Moorman joined Stolpman as winemaker, and continues as a working consultant. Today, the entire production is estate-bottled. With ten-year Ballard Canyon veteran winemaker Kyle Knapp in charge of winemaking, and Ruben Solorzano, called “the vine whisperer” by the Santa Barbara Independent overseeing viticulture, Stolpman Vineyards is producing some of the most profoundly beautiful estate-bottled wines in California.