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2010 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Originals Estate Santa Ynez Valley
4.04 average rating 239 ratingsrate it
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   93(+?)
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 87
RP
 90
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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 Originals Estate Santa Ynez Valley

Producer: Stolpman Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Other California

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93(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

(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

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01/28/2013
by Moreland13912532
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.
Great syrah
09/25/2012
by Manzey14081522
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.
Tasted July 2013
07/09/2013
by Quigley
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

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Syrah

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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