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2010 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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2010 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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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

(from "low-yielding ridgeline blocks"; 14.9% alcohol, vs. 14.1% for the Originals):  Full ruby-red.  Blackberry, bitter chocolate, licorice, crushed stone and mint on the nose, along with a smoky, peppery minerality.  Dense and vibrant, with black raspberry, smoke and violet flavors carried by a firm spine of minerals and acidity.  Perhaps a bit thicker and richer than the Originals--and sweeter too--but less expressive today.  The very fresh, long finish features strong blackberry and bitter chocolate notes and serious but sweet tannins.  Needs patience.  (ST)

92+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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'10 less than '09
by Golubeva14105281
A little vertical tasting: This bottling compares unfavorably with the '09 Hilltops. Less definition, less mineral content. Concentration stays the same. To be fair, I am as yet to see two consecutive years' harvests yielding equally superb quality. My message to Stolpman and Moorman: keep plugging away.


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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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