In the glass, the Estate Syrah has a glass staining, blue-purple color, almost black at the center, with flashes of strawberry red at the edge. The nose develops with lively aromas of sun-warmed blackberries, Friar plums, toasted walnuts, and kalamata olives, along with plenty of boysenberries, crushed violets, lavender, and thyme – all moving in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is juicy and plump, at the same time vibrant, refreshing, and elegant, with a core of sweet mineral-infused black and red fruit flavors that echo the nose. And according to Matthew Luczy at Decanter, the long silky finish “brings one back for more, and the wine is remarkably tucked into place even at this early stage.”
About this wine producer: Pete Stolpman’s unique estate, founded in 1990 by his father, Tom Stolpman, is located on a rare limestone outcropping in the heart of Ballard Canyon, has provided grapes to such extraordinary producers as Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non, and Adam Tolmach at the Ojai Vineyard. In 2001, Tolmach’s protégé Sashi Moorman joined Stolpman as winemaker, and continues as a working consultant. Today, the entire production is estate-bottled. With ten-year Ballard Canyon veteran winemaker Kyle Knapp in charge of winemaking, and Ruben Solorzano, called “the vine whisperer” by the Santa Barbara Independent overseeing viticulture, Stolpman Vineyards is producing some of the most profoundly beautiful estate-bottled wines in California.