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...
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(from the estate's oldest vines): Bright red-ruby. Blackberry, licorice, wild herb and violet aromas are complemented by strong mineral notes of flint and crushed rock, with a faint meaty quality emerging with air. Dense on entry, then tightly coiled and powerful in the mid-palate, displaying superb definition and lift to its dark berry, floral, black pepper and mineral flavors. Taut in an almost Hermitage way, although this wine suggests limestone in the soil rather than granite. The very long, rising, slow-to-unfold finish suggests that this extremely primary syrah should expand with bottle age and develop gracefully. Tannins are extremely fine-grained, with the slowly building finish leaving the mouth perfumed. This wine impressed me when I first tried it several months ago, and it was even tighter then. (ST)
87 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
fabulous nose of white pepper and licorice
A very restrained wine, with lovely fine tannins and incredibly strong structure. Warm, long, very dry finish. The palate is very savory, I don't find a lot of fruit. A really elegant wine, not at all forthcoming, but worth the effort of coaxing the bouquet out of its shell. I will probably drink my remaining 4 bottles over the next 3-4 years. I should say that when I first opened the bottle I thought it would be a great disappointment, but after about 45 minutes the wine began to open and reveal it's charms, and continued to develop over the next several hours. I will never cease to be amazed at how a wine changes over the course of a few hours.
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Beautiful wine. Nose of bright blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and bacon fat. Palate brings deep black notes, sweet tobacco, baking spice and a mouthwatering long finish. It's January 5th, and I will be hard pressed to open a better value all year.
Day two: nose faded considerably, but the palate held up better.
Ripe berry to the nose with hint of eathiness and dark cherry red in color. Pleasing black berry and plum on the palate. The young but pleasing tannins kick in with the jamminess of the syrah. The heat follows nicely mid to the finish. Definitely young, decant if you can and enjoy.
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Tasted July 2013
Beautiful. This wine has softened, yet retains beautiful black cherry, blackberry nose, with minerality in background. Lovely mid palate that goes and goes and goes. 4 1/2 is my score
Still holding back
Menthol overpowers the nose and toasted oak still pronounced on the tongue. There is cherry and blackberry in there but is still muted. Needs 2+ years to come into its own.
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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