About Stolpman Vineyards
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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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($34) Vivid ruby. An intensely perfumed, spicy bouquet displays red and dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a hint of woodsmoke. Sappy, penetrating and sweet, with spicy red- and blackcurrant flavors and a velvety texture. The spicy and floral notes carry through a long, pure alluringly sweet finish. This could be drunk now or over the next five to seven years.
87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
really smooth with lots of fruit and flavor
Velvet Fist in an Iron Glove
Thinner and lighter body than expected from the pop-n-pour. Alcohol prominent as soon as the cork left the bottle. Purply-garnet color to the edge.
Initially: Nose of macerated fig and blackberry, some oak, little nutmeg; astringent alcohol is center stage. Mouth feel was lighter than I like for a syrah, not syrupy though – a saving grace, but hot right from the get-go. More dark tree fruit fills the palate. Finish is dry, little dusty tannins, and astringent, whiff of Oloroso sherry back of mouth – medium in length.
Decanted 1 hour: Alcohol settled down. Palate and finish are somewhat sweeter; cassis and fig sort themselves out now. Finish is much more rounded, drier tannins – much more palpable minerals, yet heat vanishes, little bit of rose petal. This is less extracted than most California syrah. Still very young in age and demeanor; give it 2 more years to compose itself. 87 now; 89-90 later; good value at any age.
Dark and elusive
One of a sampler, the last of the three we opened. Dark and inky as per the tradition, aroma somewhat elusive, floral, baking spices, alcohol; shines on the palate with blackcurrants, pepper, quite tart, some tannins, structured. Maybe needs more time to shine.
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very nice syrah
Good Calli Syrah profile
Dark fruit and soft oak all day long. Not a ton of complexity yet, but it's young.
3.5 stars would be more accurate- deeper and hevaier fruit than I thought I would encounter, almost too "big" for its opwn good, or for my taste. I willt ry it again in six months...
Good wine, but not one of my favorites.
This was a good wine, although not one of my favorites.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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