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2005 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley
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Tom and Marilyn Stolpman founded this Central Coast winery in 1990. The dry-farmed vineyard plantings here are one of the great viticultural stories of California...

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2005 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley

Producer: Stolpman Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

($28) Bright ruby. Exotic, floral-dominated bouquet evokes blackberry, kirsch, cured tobacco and fruitcake. Silky-smooth in texture, offering bright red and dark fruit flavors, slow-building mocha and candied licorice character, and supple tannins. Impressively sweet but precise on the finish, with the licorice quality repeating. This boasts striking energy and clarity.

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Stolpman Syrah
08/17/2008
by Kern12239915
Velvety structure with black fruit, but heavy on the back end...hot, acidic and plenty of alchohol. Needs to mellow out.

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