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2009 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Hilltops 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 Hilltops Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley

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

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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Bright medium ruby.  Scented, high-pitched, very pure nose offers blackberry, exotic spices, flinty minerality and a whiff of meat.  Densely packed and seamless but also sharply delineated, with a saline, smoky minerality and a bit of oak influence partly hiding the wine's inherent sweetness of fruit.  Dry, meaty, classic syrah with a wonderfully chewy, palate-saturating finish.  Showed increasing pliancy and nuance as it opened in the glass.  (ST)

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Multidimensional
04/04/2012
by Golubeva14105281
A lot of seemingly disconnected components make up the 2009 bottling: spicy yet velour-textured, concentrated yet delicate, full of character yet malleable.

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Syrah

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