Stolpman Vineyards Hilltops Syrah 2007

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California

Item No. 127951
  • red wine
  • RP97
  • ST92
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Critical Acclaim

"During the elevage of the 2007 Syrah Hilltops Estate (100% Syrah) the fruit is passed over the lees of the Roussanne used for the L’Avion. Cropped at 1.5 tons of fruit per acre (from the vineyard’s highest peaks), this beauty offers sweet blackberry, honeysuckle, and black cherry notes intermixed with hints of smoke, chocolate, and espresso roast. This inky/purple-tinged wine boasts a superb texture, sweet, velvety tannins, and a long finish. It is an intriguing California Syrah that offers a style mid-way between a classic Central Coast Syrah and a wine from the northern Rhone (such as Cote Rotie). Consume it over the next decade. "
97 Points

"Inky ruby. An intense floral aroma complements ripe cherry and black raspberry on the nose. Deeply concentrated and powerful but vibrant, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a supple, silky texture. A suave note of candied violet lingers on the impressively long, sweet finish. This wine was aged for a brief spell on roussanne lees. "
92 Points

Learn About Stolpman Vineyards

Stolpman Vineyards is located in Ballard Canyon, just 15 miles from the coast. The location lends to warm days with cool nights. Tom and Marilyn Stolpman planted their first grapes in 1992 and today have 120 planted acres. The vineyard continues to be a dynamic location for the planting of Syrah, Sangiovese and Rousanne. Jeff Newton and Larry Finkle, along with our Vineyard Manager, Ruben Solorzano, have recently planted high density vines and continue to explore the standards of what it takes to make the best quality grapes from southern exposed vines and limestone soil.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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Winemaker's Notes What always distinguishes our Stolpman syrah is its great textural quality. Lovely mouth coating tannins are its hallmark. ...
Critical Acclaim "Bright ruby red. Aromas of crushed blackberry, violet and smoked meat. Juicy, supple and sweet, with lovely floral ...
Winemaker's Notes "The 2003 Syrah Hilltops (100% estate Syrah) emerges from ridge tops that are the most stressed parts of ...
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