Stolpman Vineyards La Cuadrilla 2022

93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Standing up to a rack of BBQ ribs is no easy task, but a big yet easy drinking red wine courtesy of superstar winemaker Pete Stolpman always does the trick. The newly released 2022 La Cuadrilla is a Châteauneuf-styled southern Rhone blend that is predominantly Syrah and absolutely delicious. Fresh, vibrant red fruits that taste silky, with great structure and length, this is always one of my favorites. The profits from the wine go directly to the crew who pick the grapes and make it all happen.

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93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2022 La Cuadrilla is a blend of Syrah and Grenache with a smaller portion of Mourvèdre. It offers slowly unfurling scents of wild berries, tar, turned earth and wildflowers. The medium-bodied palate is bright and silky, with spicy, earthy fruit and a long, perfumed finish.

92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Directed by and benefiting the estate’s farm crews each vintage, this blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Sangiovese offers aromas of blackberry sorbet, scarlet red roses and woodspice on the nose. The palate is focused on a core of jammy berries that are balanced by chalky tannins and an acidic bite

One of my favorite memories is running up the rugged hills of the Stolpman estate in Santa Barbara County. It’s a wild place, with jackrabbits the size of coyotes and a fun rope swing that drops you into a swimming hole where if you don’t scramble out fast enough, you are likely to get a bite or 2 from angry carp. Running through the estate is where you really get a sense for the limestone there, an utter rarity in CA and is absolutely one of the secrets to Pete Stolpman’s aromatically complex, vibrant wines.

His latest release, La Cuadrillais much more than a stylish, elegant blend of Syrah and Grenache. Each year, the Stolpman’s designate one block of the vineyard for the full time farm workers at the estate to manage entirely on their own. Staying within the general principles of the Stolpman farming philosophy, la cuadrilla or “the crew” make all the farming decisions, from pruning to harvest.

In return, the Stolpmans give 100% of the profits back to the workers. Pete says it’s the best motivational tool they could have ever put into place; this piece of ownership breeds loyalty and immense pride in their work.

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