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2010 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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2010 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 2012

(a blend of this winery's syrah blocks; includes 3% viognier):  Good dark red.  Aromas of blueberry, crushed black raspberry, brown spices, smoked meat, mocha and cocoa; smells like a northern Rhone wine from granite soil.  Firm and energetic in the mouth, offering a nice balance of fresh dark fruits and smoky minerality.  Bright acidity and a note of black pepper give the palate a zesty quality.  Finishes lightly saline, juicy and persistent, with spicy tannins.  (ST)

90+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by Quigley
Absolutely delicious! Raspberry jam and black cherries. Hints of floral spice. Tannins so soft it could be Pinot. How can this be. Finish like a summer Alaskan sky at midnight. Full, lingering, requesting more...
Stolpman does it again!
by lonestar6021
This is quite possibly my favorite Stolpman ever!
Great again.
by Manzey14081522
Excellent nose of fruit. The blackberry and tannins fill the palate. Dark fruit jamming on the tongue and is complete with a touch of heat on the finish. Young and can only get better.

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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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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