Stolpman Syrah "Originals" Santa Ynez Valley 2011
"Taken from our oldest vineyards (now in their 21st vintage), the 2011 Originals is produced mostly from the California heritage clones Estrella and Durrell. These clones (really selections) produce beautifully rich and expressive wines. Our vine cuttings come from some of the oldest Syrah plantings in California. Typically lower in acidity than our other selections of Syrah, the 2011 vintage produced an Originals that has more finesse and balance than the 2010. Aromas and flavors of freshly crushed blackberries, toasted Indian spices, cracked pepper and smoked game are held in a transparent, lifted and refreshing texture that finishes bright and persistent. " -Winery
Editorial Reviews for Stolpman Syrah "Originals" Santa Ynez Valley
Oldest blocks on sandstone, all the American clones of syrah, co-fermented 2% to 3% viognier, brief time in barrel, about a year, maybe 5% to 10% whole cluster Smoky, wiry, and gamy on the nose with precise cracked pepper and camphor notes adding complexity to the core of cherry toned fruit. Fairly powerful upfront then turning broad and a little loose on the palate with deep, dry stemmy tannins emerging to add a rudder. The acidity here is fine if not pronounced driving the meaty, earthy tobacco and almost black currant toned fruit flavors that show a bit of minty spice on the backend before returning to a tannin driven finish with nice mint and cocoa laced notes on the finish. This is pretty chewy. 92pts
Four and a half glasses
Three and a half glasses
Woody, somewhat fruity—berries—nose. Whoa—practically, no fruit to speak of on introduction to the palate—almost a neutral sensation. Some tartness—reminiscent of plum—on the edges of the tongue, then something of a hit of tannin. Interestingly, most of the flavor of this on is way in the back of the palate.