Date Tasted: 1/26/13
Price: Suggested Retail is $30.00 (purchased for $22.00)
From The Winery: 14.1% Alcohol. 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier. Santa Ynez Valley AVA. 5000 cases produced.
Impressions/Notes: The 2010 Stolpman Estate Syrah is bright, pure, intense, and has bit of a wild side to it. It’s a very different wine from Stolpman’s hard-hitting 2009 Estate Syrah (think blackberry and barbecued meat deliciousness). Deep purple in color, the ’10 displays cranberry, plum, bacon fat, and graphite, with rustic aromas and flavors of juniper berries, sassafras, and leather. Balance is aplenty and the wine is very approachable despite it’s youth. Notably, Stolpman described this wine as “the most accessible Syrah that we’ve yet produced.” I don’t drink enough Central Coast Syrahs (or Central Coast wines in general), but Stolpman has quickly become a producer that I’m following with great interest.
Rating: Highly Recommended (90), 3.5/5 Value