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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(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
Wait for it...................wait-for-it!
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.
Wonderfully savory and rich Syrah, plus texture and its got the bones for aging. Just flat-out great.
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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Really lovely wine!
Just had it at Cafe Boulud in NYC. Better than a Bordeaux that I was offered. Perfect with my lamb shank dinner.
Still the same......
Another 11 months, another bottle, same story. Solid but basic syrah. No power, no spice. The kind of syrah you want to give someone when you think a normal power laden spicebomb of a syrah is going to be too much for them to handle. Not heavy, not muddied, not overbearing. Tame but solid. Just not what some may be expecting.
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.
Really a 3 1/2 star but I'm rounding up!
A nice entry for a syrah from the central coast region. Seems pretty relaxed right now. This is the first bottle but I don't think it has quite the shelf life it's advertised to have. I'll probably finish the whole case in this coming year rather than lay it down for very long. Will report back on the next bottle if it comes across differently.
4.25 stars . . .
and certain to be 5 after another half-year or so in the cellar. Agree with the velvet texture.
Rich fruit, almost velvety in texture. Not super long but an extremly enjoybale pour.
Stolpman 2011 Estate Syrah
Definitely a 4+ rating. Very interesting pour.
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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