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Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley Hilltops 2006

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As our Estate Syrah is a cohesive blend of grapes picked from throughout the vineyard, our Hilltops Syrah originates from distinct blocks- literally on the hilltops. With striking notes of blueberry, honeysuckle and smoke on the nose, our Hilltops has provocative character and silky mouth feel. Enjoy this vintage with a puff pastry baked brie drizzled in a port reduction sauce. For the more patient purchasers of this bottle, lay it down for 7 to 8 years. Wine Advocate 92 points Stephen Tanzer 92+ points 748 cases produced.

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley Hilltops

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,977
4.50 5
01/12/2011

This is intensely aromatic and complex with wonderfully intertwined notes of mulberry, candied bitter cherry, boysenberry, smoke, toast, orange blossoms, cracked pepper, star anise and some low beefy notes. Airing teases out gentle herbal top notes that add to the floral impression the wine gives. I expected the wine to be open, round and lush on the palate must this is big yet really firm and poised. there is no babyfat here, just pure, concentrated mountain fruit with a dark, yet fresh black bitter cherry character backed up with well integrated wood spice and stiff soil tones. The finish is a bit tight yet reveal incipient elegance and the lovely depth this wine has without being a fruit bomb. This has phenomenal freshness and balance with a wonderful interplay of elements that become more explosively aromatic with air. Fabulous Syrah that draws as much from the old world as the new. The finish gains peppery length and finesse with air even though it remains quite firm. Fabulous syrah. 94pts


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Snooth User: mstein609
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5.00 5
08/09/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Stolpman Syrah Santa Ynez Valley Hilltops

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Source: The Wine Closet
12/20/2009

As our Estate Syrah is a cohesive blend of grapes picked from throughout the vineyard, our Hilltops Syrah originates from distinct blocks- literally on the hilltops. With striking notes of blueberry, honeysuckle and smoke on the nose, our Hilltops has provocative character and silky mouth feel. Enjoy this vintage with a puff pastry baked brie drizzled in a port reduction sauce. For the more patient purchasers of this bottle, lay it down for 7 to 8 years. Wine Advocate 92 points Stephen Tanzer 92+ points 748 cases produced.



As our Estate Syrah is a cohesive blend of grapes picked from throughout the vineyard, our Hilltops Syrah originates from distinct blocks- literally on the hilltops. With striking notes of blueberry, honeysuckle and smoke on the nose, our Hilltops has provocative character and silky mouth feel. Enjoy this vintage with a puff pastry baked brie drizzled in a port reduction sauce. For the more patient purchasers of this bottle, lay it down for 7 to 8 years. Wine Advocate 92 points Stephen Tanzer 92+ points 748 cases produced.

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