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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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I do not give 5's
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.
I love this style
by chard10171751
I recently discover the 2011 Stolpman Syrah Estate Grown Syrah from a email blast from the wine house. Purple intensity, I was won over and bought another couple bottles. Last night ,I was so fortunate to have been treated to this "2010" vintage of the same estate grown Syrah from Stolpman. Wow…Bought 4 bottles, and was tempted to take the remaining 3 bottles too. Here at Lincoln Fine wines…So happy to fine this stash.
2010 Stolpman Syrah
by Allen12666292
Stolpman wines are always lush, dense and delicious. All this one needs is a little age to give it an extra star.
As good as it gets.
by HED3
Stolpman Vineyards is the premier Syrah producer in SBC. This is a fantastic wine at an incredible price. Deep berryflavors with a ton of dark chocolate, still expanding on day two! Easily a 93 point wine, I haven't tasted anything this good from the Rhone in years! Kudos to the team at Stolpman, can't wait to taste the Originals.
Not Up to the Hype...yet
by Gamay214383
Had my first one, not bad but expected more from this producer and the WA hype. Maybe being an '10 it needs a little time(?), now mind you it's very drinkable but for a price point of ~$28 it's not quite (yet) up to snuff.
Far below expectations and description
by Glazier13876668
Tasted December 6, 2013. Closed down nose, lacking fruit and mouth feel, with short and somewhat tannic finish. Considering the significant disconnect with the write up, this is the most disappointing "description / experience" of any wines purchased through Wine Access. Either going through a dumb stage or not destined for aging, I will be considerably suspect of this bottling and Stolpman wines in the future.
Hope the 2011 is better
by Semillon386000
Quite average. Nothing exciting.
Poor quality- this wine is not even close the description given by Stolpman
by Gamay313208
My opinion on this wine, to date, is stated precisely by Glazier13876668 on 9/12/2013 I have opened 3 of 6 bottles and all three have dissapointed.
by Bordeaux279929
Worst wine in the twenty or so I've gotten from wine access I have little hope of it improving with age
A Stone's Throw From Screaming Eagle? More like a different Continent, and I'm not referring to France, either.
by Stillman14099116
Every single bottle of wine that I have purchased from WineAccess (and that is a lot of wine) but one has been at least excellent, if not stellar, and that one likely spoiled. Now there are two. This wine was nowhere near the hype. 91 points? Really? It was thin, and certainly not "firm and energetic in the mouth" whatever that means. It was thin-bodied, and rather than a "lightly saline, juicy and persistent" finish, I would call it a chemical finish, albeit certainly persistent. I poured the other half of the bottle down the drain. I have at least two more, so I will see if that was just a bad bottle, but it truly left a bad taste in my mouth.
Poor Syrah
by Wilkinson10584631
Really poor. Tasted back to back with Spring Valley Nina Lee Syrah - no comparison and "supposedly" the same price. Bad deal for such a good write up.


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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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