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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...
92(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , 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)