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Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2005

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2005 Stolpman Estate Syrah 93 Pts W.A. The 2005 Syrah Estate, which has some Grenache in it and even smells like some Viognier could also be in there given the floral aromatics, has loads of plum, cassis, and blackberry fruit mixed with hints of charcoal and burning embers. This wine has luscious fruit, a sumptuous attack and mid-palate, and is an undeniably sexy wine with low acidity, ripe tannin, and a beautiful mouthfeel. This is a California Wine.

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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

Member Reviews for Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
10/24/2009

Delicious! Very floral on the nose and in the palate, making is a pretty wine, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's bereft of all the great sumptuous qualities a good wine possesses. This has it. Fantastic and the winner of today's tasting in my opinion. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 10/24/09


Snooth User: RPerro
163565440
4.50 5
04/11/2009

Decanted 30 minutes. Wow. Have tried the 2004 and it was impressive. The 2005 still seems a bit young, but decanting did wonders. Color is dark, dark purple, almost black. No light penetrates. Nose of blackberries and smoke, possibly some sort of flower...violets? Lots of dark berry and chocolate on the palate with a long, smokey finish. This one just coats the mouth in flavor! One of my favorite syrahs, ever. Outstanding - 95 points.


Snooth User: RPerro
163565440
4.50 5
04/11/2009

First taste from the bottle: Very dark maroon color, with direct light barely able to penetrate. Nose of smoke, dark berry fruits, and earth. Delicious flavors of smoked meat, sour berry, and earth. Still a bit tannic. Hoping the decant helps the tannins to integrate. A bit young I think. The 2004 was much more approachable. Will let sit in decanter and report back in several hours. Intial rating: Outstanding - 92 points.Day 2: Decided to let this one go a whole day. The earthiness has now blown off, replaced by incredibly rich and juicy blackberry fruit. The smoke component is still there, and adds to this wine's mouthwatering flavor. Tannins have integrated much better with the acid and fruit, making this wine unbelievable! WOW. Upping my initial 92 rating to Outstanding - 95+ points!


Snooth User: RPerro
163565440
4.50 5
04/11/2009

Blue and black berry fruit, with some smoked meat and pepper. Coming together a bit better than the last bottle I opened. Outstanding syrah!


Snooth User: wineclosetinc
68951134
3.50 5
09/16/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/20/2011

A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2005 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Hilltops Estate 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

The 2005 Syrah Estate, which has some Grenache in it and even smells like some Viognier could also be in there given the floral aromatics, has loads of plum, cassis, and blackberry fruit mixed with hi... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2005 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Estate 750ml


External Review
02/28/2009

Regarded as one of the top sites in the Santa Barbara region for Rhone varieties, the 220 acres were planted in 1992 and provide Stolpman-designated fruit to many respected producers in the region. The Estate program is directed by winemaker Sashi Moorman, who produces such iconic wines as L'Avion, La Croce, Hilltops and Angeli.



2005 Stolpman Estate Syrah 93 Pts W.A. The 2005 Syrah Estate, which has some Grenache in it and even smells like some Viognier could also be in there given the floral aromatics, has loads of plum, cassis, and blackberry fruit mixed with hints of charcoal and burning embers. This wine has luscious fruit, a sumptuous attack and mid-palate, and is an undeniably sexy wine with low acidity, ripe tannin, and a beautiful mouthfeel. This is a California Wine.

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