2010 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley
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ST 91 points
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4.00 out of 5 stars! & Stolpman Vineyards!
Member Reviews:

***** Great again.
Excellent nose of fruit. The blackberry and tannins fill the palate. Dark fruit jamming on the tongue and is complete with a touch of heat on the finish. Young and can only get better.
-- David from Fargo ND

***** 2010 Stolpman Syrah
Stolpman wines are always lush, dense and delicious. All this one needs is a little age to give it an extra star.
-- Robert from Jefferson City, MO

***** As good as it gets.
Stolpman Vineyards is the premier Syrah producer in SBC. This is a fantastic wine at an incredible price. Deep berryflavors with a ton of dark chocolate, still expanding on day two! Easily a 93 point wine, I haven't tasted anything this good from the Rhone in years! Kudos to the team at Stolpman, can't wait to taste the Originals.
-- Harry from Lititz, PA

Gramercy Tavern Fingers in the WineAccess Cookie Jar

This is getting old. As the economy rebounds, particularly in the hottest neighborhoods of the Bay Area and NYC, restaurants are booming. Bankers, dot-commers and plastic surgeons seem to be spending as if Lehman Brothers was still headquartered at 1271 Avenue of the Americas.

Last Tuesday, we walked into Gramercy at 3pm. Who eats lunch at three? Every barstool was filled. A hundred diners were downing Flat Iron Steak and Pork Croquette (delicious), washing it all down with big glasses of rouge. Good news, right? The Dow hit new highs. WineAccess Members should be feeling pretty good. All we have to do is keep the good stuff coming.

If only it was that simple.

Over the last four years, few wineries have earned WineAccess's trust more than Stolpman Vineyards. On these limestone-packed hillsides outside of Los Olivos, where the summer afternoon maritime breeze tempers Santa Barbara sunshine, Sashi Moorman fashions some of the finest Syrahs in America -- and indisputably America's greatest estate-grown bargain.

In 2010, Moorman would craft the finest Stolpman Syrah of his career. Deep ruby/purple in color, with luscious high-toned aromas of black raspberry and mocha, the attack is packed with crushed red fruit preserves, sprinkled with white pepper, bracketed by the sumptuous limestone tannins that so distinguish Ballard Canyon.

Moorman gave us the play-by-play. "The 2010 vintage produced one of the most dynamic growing seasons on record," Sashi told us. An unseasonably cold summer was followed in September with record-breaking heat. All the conditioning we have done since 2001 -- dry-farming, short-pruning, organic farming, composting, and careful selection of plant material -- really paid off. The 2010's are terrifically rich, but also strikingly graceful, with abundant, but perfect, smooth tannins -- "For me," the winemaker said with a coy smile, "more akin to Cote-Rotie than any vintage I've seen at Stolpman."

WineAccess members saw it just as Moorman and Stephen Tanzer did. Following our first salvo, 161 buyers posted ratings and reviews. 79 came in at 4-stars. 49 at a perfect 5 (check the histogram above). Then Tanzer let loose with the rave review that would send distributors scrambling.

Today's Redux offer was slotted three months ago, soon after the reviews began streaming in. Pete Stolpman had set aside 150 cases -- or so we thought before Gramercy Tavern got its fingers in the WineAccess cookie jar.

Here's your choice. Grab a train for Penn Station. Spring's upon us. It's a nice walk from 34th and Broadway to 20th Street. Reserve on OpenTable in advance. Then treat yourself to Chef Michael Anthony's Pork Croquette (with the Navy beans and kale), and like a hundred other well-heeled diners, wash it all down with a glass of OUR 2010 Stolpman Estate Syrah. One thing. Don't forget your Amex Platinum.

Tasting Notes

2010 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley
"(a blend of this winery's syrah blocks; includes 3% viognier): Good dark red. Aromas of blueberry, crushed black raspberry, brown spices, smoked meat, mocha and cocoa; smells like a northern Rhone wine from granite soil. Firm and energetic in the mouth, offering a nice balance of fresh dark fruits and smoky minerality. Bright acidity and a note of black pepper give the palate a zesty quality. Finishes lightly saline, juicy and persistent, with spicy tannins."
91 points -- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

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