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2011 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley
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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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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 | International Wine Cellar , 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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10/26/2013
by NutNut
Wonderfully savory and rich Syrah, plus texture and its got the bones for aging. Just flat-out great.
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10/05/2013
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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01/21/2014
by Johnson13027091
Second bottle from the case, a little later, a little air......nice, smooth syrah. Pretty accurate representation of the varietal. Pretty good drinker......not over the top just a nice solid syrah.

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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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