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2009 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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2009 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 2011

Bright ruby-red.  Urgent aromas of crushed blackberry, violet, pepper and Asian spices, with a meaty nuance.  At once sweet and savory, with a tactile mouth feel and terrific definition to its flavors of dark berries, spices and smoky minerality.  As with most of the current releases from Stolpman, this wine stands out for its mid-palate energy and perfume.  Finishes with suave tannins, lovely floral lift and excellent thrust.  A compelling value in syrah.  (ST)

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Patience is Rewarded
by Fansler14055381
I first opened a bottle of the 2009 Syrah in early 2012 and although it was good, there were still too many tannins to allow the full body to come out. This fall (October, 2013) we've opened a couple more bottles and they've been delightful. Full, balanced, really delicious.
by Mayer11506110
One of best ever!

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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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