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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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2010 Stolpman Vineyards Angeli Red Wine Santa Ynez Valley
Producer: Stolpman Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: other red varietal
Region: Other California
(a selection of the best 300-liter barrels): Bright ruby-red. Kaleidoscopic nose offers scents of dark berries, smoked duck, mocha, brown spices, brown sugar and espresso; for the second consecutive vintage I was reminded of Guigal's La Landonne. Lush, fat, seamless and very deep, with harmonious ripe acidity framing the pliant dark berry and spice flavors. The powerful, extremely long, fruit-driven finish coats the palate with dusty tannins and a note of violet face powder. Wonderfully harmonious and vibrant wine, and distinctly lower in alcohol at 14.1% than the outstanding 2009 (15.3%). (ST)
91 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Syrah is not my favorite grape - but this wine is fantastic.
Full disclosure: this is my third Stolpman Syrah, and my bias
is undeniable. I have tasted 2009 Syrah Hilltops, 2010 Syrah
Originals, and now this 2010 Angeli Red. Even though the
entry-level 2010 Syrah Originals is not on par with the other
wines referenced here, in all of those the terroir of Santa Ynez
Valley comes through in the glass. Terrific concentration invariably elevated by the olfactory elements.
Terrific Syrah, again by Sashi
Dark brooding in glass, the fruit fills the air. Cherry plum and berry all blend well. Young but had to try with 4 in reserve.
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Had to try a bottle after giving another to my Angeli as a present. All the components are there, but they still need time to meld into the typically-stunning Stolpman product. Nonetheless, surprisingly approachable and rich. Thankfully, I'm patient and have more bottles. A solid four plus stars at this point.
Bold and Sweet
Very bold, concentrated, fruit forward, and definitely on the sweet side. I will give remaining bottles at least five years to find a balance. Right now too extreme for my palate.
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