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Ojai Stolpman Syrah 1996

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Stolpman Vineyard is unique. While it looks like one of your run of the mill vineyards on oak studded rolling hills, closer inspection reveals its secret. The vineyard is planted on only one-and-one-half to two feet of real soil. Below that is a clay layer and then soft white chalk rock. This is unusual in California, as most vineyards are planted on rich bottom land. At Stolpman the lack of soil and the chalky under layer seems to give the wine a special distinction. There is something in the aroma that is enchanting and appealing. It is dark, dank, and foresty. In the mouth I find earth, berries and lots of fine tannins.

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Stolpman Vineyards:
The vineyards at the Stolpman estate enjoy the warm days and cool nights of Ballard Canyon, which lies 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, on California’s Central Coast. The combination of climate, southern exposure, and limestone soils makes for a unique terroir suited to growing Syrah, Sangiovese, and Roussanne. The first vines were planted at Stolpman in 1992 by Coastal... Read more
The vineyards at the Stolpman estate enjoy the warm days and cool nights of Ballard Canyon, which lies 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, on California’s Central Coast. The combination of climate, southern exposure, and limestone soils makes for a unique terroir suited to growing Syrah, Sangiovese, and Roussanne. The first vines were planted at Stolpman in 1992 by Coastal Vineyard Care Associates, who continue to farm and develop the 220-acre estate. We are constantly improving our vineyards according to the latest information available about viticultural techniques, technology, vine material and our specific terroir. Read less

Stolpman Vineyard is unique. While it looks like one of your run of the mill vineyards on oak studded rolling hills, closer inspection reveals its secret. The vineyard is planted on only one-and-one-half to two feet of real soil. Below that is a clay layer and then soft white chalk rock. This is unusual in California, as most vineyards are planted on rich bottom land. At Stolpman the lack of soil and the chalky under layer seems to give the wine a special distinction. There is something in the aroma that is enchanting and appealing. It is dark, dank, and foresty. In the mouth I find earth, berries and lots of fine tannins.

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