As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively “Rhône-alone” wine list.
We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.
In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved Rhône producers –
This week: Stolpman 2014 Syrah, Ballard Canyon
About the winemaker: Sashi Moorman
In 1996, Sashi moved to Ojai, California to work a five-year apprenticeship with Adam Tolmach at The Ojai Vineyard. In 2001, Sashi joined Stolpman Vineyards, integrating the winemaking and vineyard direction under one program. Today, Sashi continues his work at Stolpman Vineyards, his largest winemaking project. Sashi also makes his own label, Piedrasassi, and is a partner with Rajat Parr in Domaine de la Cote.
The dark density of the wine compliments the bright fruit profile bursting with tangerine and fresh red fruit. While the 2014 Estate Syrah certainly reflects the warmth of the vintage, the wine still shows a lively tartness that indicates a long life ahead of it.
At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Stolpman 2014 Syrah, with polenta cake (peperonata, broccolini, fried garlic & chili oil), Sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites), soft cheeses.
At home try it with filet mignon with herb compound butter, whipped potatoes, and string beans.