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2011 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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2011 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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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(includes 3% grenache, 2% roussanne and 1% viognier):  Fresh dark red-ruby.  Slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry, smoky minerals, plum sauce and smoked meat, plus a hint of purple fruits.  Then densely packed, vibrant and savory, with superb energy and acid cut to the sweet dark fruit, flint, violet, pepper and fresh herb flavors.  A very juicy, penetrating style of syrah, and very 2011 in character, not to mention Cote-Rotie-like.  Finishes with verve and aromatic persistence.  Ridiculously underpriced.  (ST)

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by Johnson13027091
OMG! This is one of those accidental findings of a lifetime.....forgot to re-cork the bottle the other night, left the finer in it but of course air got to it for 24 hours until I poured the last of it into my glass for dinner. Was a bit worried what I might get but low and behold, it's a big, smooth winner! NOW, I know to let this sit open for a day before drinking....why didn't anyone tell us this? Not giving any of this rest of the case away now.
by NutNut
Wonderfully savory and rich Syrah, plus texture and its got the bones for aging. Just flat-out great.
by Golubeva14105281
Never before had I encountered anything so floral and fresh fashioned by Sashi Moorman. While the concentration takes a dip, and the tannin structure is weakened (in comparison with the 2009 and 2010 Stolpman Syrah vintages), a totally new feature emerges: sensory immediacy.

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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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