Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2014 | Exclusive Library Release
Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2014 presents deep, still quite youthful purple in color. A contemplative array of black cherry, blackberry, lavender, violet, allspice, leather, cracked pepper, smoked meat, and underbrush aromas on the nose. Broad-shouldered but energetic, with rounded, supple tannins supporting blackberry, leather, and spice box flavors, and flourishes of smoke and pepper on the long-lasting finish. Seamlessly combines the rich fruit density of California with quintessential Rhône savory spices. Drink now – 2035.
Ruben Solorzano — Wine Enthusiast’s “grape whisperer”
93WE | “Dark aromas of black currant and black olive meet with charred beef and supple herbs of dill and anise on this wine’s excellent nose. The sip is very full and hefty in body, allied with juicy acidity and fruity character of concentrated blackberry that’s imminently appealing. More elegant touches of lavender, rosemary, and incense round out the palate.”
First of all, being one of California’s most iconic Syrahs, Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2014 is the best since the 93-point Parker 2005 vintage. While fantastically rich, juicy, and complex, don’t wait another 10 years for a $25 Syrah as good as this. Our clients have a special opportunity to secure their bottles today, before America’s best restaurants snap it up.
Ballard Canyon is home to many of California’s best Rhône-styled wines, and Solorzano is the AVA’s hardest working man. He’s also a night owl. Hence taking advantage of Santa Barbara’s chilly nights to harvest nocturnally preserving the berries’ scintillating acid vibrancy. Equipped with a headlamp and a smile, he presides over dry-farmed, head-pruned vines. Furthermore, it calls to mind the northern Rhône slopes of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage.
Winemaker Sashi Moorman | Stolpman Syrah
So, Solorzano and Moorman are masters of Ballard Canyon. “We’re going to over-deliver. And, this wine does exactly that. While, It’s a fabulously juicy, terrifically concentrated Syrah that evolves beautifully in the glass. After 20 minutes in a Zalto Universal stem, this full-throttle Syrah begins to rein itself in. While trading off some of its Shiraz-like characteristics for more limestone refinement. Less Barossa. More Hermitage or Saint-Joseph. The finish is amazing—goes on and on.