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Stolpman Ballard Canyon Syrah 2016

Stolpman Ballard Canyon Syrah 2016

SKU 89009500011


The 2016 swooshes out of the bottle with a rich, decadent profile. At first blush, the wine comes out with a wave of piercingly pure purple - perfectly ripe, firm plums. With a few swirls the savory meaty, leather notes arrive. Then, a surge of high-toned energy emerges and a red tinge begins to layer and surround the evolving darker notes of blueberries, cinnamon, and chicory. Even youthful, the wine is unexpectedly refined and balanaced - an Estate Syrah Edition for the ages. This middle ground - not hammy or gloppy, like a warmer climate Syrah - but not austere and hollow like many young cold climate Syrahs. Just a baby now, the primary flavors will surely unfurl into more complex, seamless layers. While the ideal drinking window begins around 2018, our leap forward in winemaking methodology allows for early enjoyment as well.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
Brand Stolpman
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
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Wine AdvocateStolpman's largest cuvée, amounting to some 4,400 cases, is the keenly priced 2016 Syrah Estate, which reveals a classic nose of blackberry, violets, rose petal, cracked pepper and grilled meat. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, expansive and juicy with an ample core of sweet fruit and good length and persistence. Some chalky tannins assert themselves on the finish, but it's already drinking well.

William Kelley, April 27, 2018

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