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Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Very fine, almost citrussy with wiry green herbal notes, salted plum, integrated wood tones, floral notes, wiry wild berry fruits a touch of candied watermelon peel and a hint of bell pepper. Really perfumed and balanced with good intensity on the nose. . Slinky, juicy, brambly berry fruit with lots of herbal, citrus rind and green melon rind top notes. Really lovely balance here, holding its alcohol very well. Emerging notes of briary black currant fruit on the mid-palate marry with the wood spice tones well but the acid becomes a bit too prominent. Clean and brisk on the finish with a nice grenadine tone that tapers out for a fairly long time. This is really nice, richly flavored but balanced, transparent and precise but the acid seems a bit out of whack. It’s still a fine wine 90pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/22/2009

Very fine, almost citrussy with wiry green herbal notes, salted plum, integrated wood tones, floral notes, wiry wild berry fruits a touch of candied watermelon peel and a hint of bell pepper. Really perfumed and balanced with good intensity on the nose. . Slinky, juicy, brambly berry fruit with lots of herbal, citrus rind and green melon rind top notes. Really lovely balance here, holding its alcohol very well. Emerging notes of briary black currant fruit on the mid-palate marry with the wood spice tones well but the acid becomes a bit too prominent. Clean and brisk on the finish with a nice grenadine tone that tapers out for a fairly long time. This is really nice, richly flavored but balanced, transparent and precise but the acid seems a bit out of whack. It’s still a fine wine 90pts

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Snooth User: tbclevey
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/30/2010

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: lingprof
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1.50 5
Vintage: 2007 12/21/2009

Not my style at all. This is probably the most "meaty," savory taste I've ever had in a wine, and to me it was out of balance. Almost salty.

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    2.50 5
    Vintage: 2006 01/22/2009

    Molasses nose and flavors. It's hot but also extremely sweet. Wow, that's cloying. The tannins save it at the end... a little.

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    Snooth User: solomania9
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    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 11/21/2009

    Dusty and dry on the nose. Great review from GDP - also getting the salted plum and floral notes that build to an acidic peppery crescendo and slowly finishes with a syrupy thing going on.


    Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 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
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    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 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
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    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 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.


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    External Reviews for Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 03/08/2012

    A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2009 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Estate 750ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 09/08/2011

    The Stolpman dry-farmed vineyard plantings are one of the great viticultural stories of California. Ideally situated on steep hillsides of Ballard Canyon, cooled by the Arctic air that flows from Alaska to Point Conception, this is a perfect spot. Winemaker Sashi Moorman works magic with the estate-grown Rhone varietals


    External Review
    Vintage: 2008 04/13/2011

    According to the Wine Advocate - The least expensive wine in this portfolio is their screw cap-finished 2008 Syrah Santa Ynez, which offers soft, heady, fruity flavors along with dusty, earthy, loamy notes. Drink this compact, monolithic, but pleasant red over the next 2-3 years.


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    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2008 01/19/2013

    Vivid ruby. Smoky dark berry and cherry-cola aromas are complicated by notes of potpourri and allspice. Ripe and fleshy but energetic, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and notes of spicecake and licorice. The smoky quality returns on the finish, which is long, smooth and seductively seamless. You could drink this now but Id age it for at least another five years. ** Only 12 in Stock **


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2007 07/17/2018

    The 2007 Angeli (100% Syrah from the finest sites and oldest vines with the highest density plantings) is a big, smoky, northern Rhone-like effort possessing notes of bouquet garni, roasted meats, scorched earth/burning embers, and acacia flowers as well as superb ripeness, terrific fruit intensity, full body, sweet tannin, and a long finish. This beauty should age nicely for 10-12 years. - Robert Parker 92-94+ Points ** Only 12 in Stock **


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 10/25/2010

    Stolpman 07 Hilltops Syrah


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2007 01/19/2013

    The 2007 Angeli (100% Syrah from the finest sites and oldest vines with the highest density plantings) is a big, smoky, northern Rhone-like effort possessing notes of bouquet garni, roasted meats, scorched earth/burning embers, and acacia flowers as well as superb ripeness, terrific fruit intensity, full body, sweet tannin, and a long finish. This beauty should age nicely for 10-12 years. - Robert Parker 92-94+ Points ** Only 19 in Stock **


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    <p>Stolpman Vineyards are entirely organically farmed. Additionally, Stolpman promotes the natural ecosystems of the region through establishing habitats such as owl boxes and hawk perches. The thin clay-shale layer situated above limestone provides fantastic natural drainage, contributing to small, very concentrated, and wonderfully balanced grapes.</p>


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