Grapelive Weekend Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Stolpman Syrah “The Originals” Estate, Santa Ynez Valley.
The Stolpman Syrah(s) from the 2008 vintage all are lovely wines and the vintage looks to be one of the best yet for this winery. This wine “The Originals” is from the first blocks of Syrah vines and selected for quality making for a unique cuvee. The clones are a mix of Davis, Tablas and Alban and add to the complexity in this perfumed and meaty Syrah. As with the Estate Syrah, Stolpman co-ferments with the must of Roussanne to help extract color in this dark and teeth staining red. The nose is earthy with violets, truffle and crushed coffee beans before a rich palate of boysenberry, blueberry and black cherry with cassis, savory currant, game and French herbs. The oak is giving with subtle vanilla and smoke while adding to the roundness to the wine. There is a touch of pepper and the balance is very good with just enough acidity to keep things vivid and fresh, look forward to many good years ahead!
($35 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive