Stolpman Ballard Canyon Syrah 2016
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.
|Appellation||Santa Ynez Valley|
All sizes are 750mL unless otherwise noted.
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