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Stolpman Vineyards “Estate” Ballard Canyon Syrah 2016

Santa Barbara, California, USA


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    VAG 93 RPWA 92 WE 92 JD 92
    CG 91 CT 90

Grape Variety
100% Syrah


Winemaker Notes
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 balanced – an Estate Syrah Edition for the ages. this middle ground – not jammy 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.


  • 93 Vinous Antonio Galloni

    The 2016 Syrah Estate is dense and powerful in the glass, with plenty of fruit intensity. Even so, the shift towards a more polished, subtle style that is so evident in the 2017s is already quite evident here. Today, all the elements are very nicely balanced. I especially admire the wine’s persistence. (AG) (9/2018)

  • 92 Robert Parker Wine Advocate

    Stolpman’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. (WK) (4/2018)

  • 92 Wine Enthusiast

    Compact elderberry aromas and purple flowers mesh with savory touches of roasted beef and black pepper on the nose of this bottling, which is quite young. Black-currant and lilac flavors pop on the sip before the tightly woven structure temporarily hides them, though they will surely arise in the years to come. Drink 2020–2036.

  • 92 Jeb Dunnuck

    The 2016 Syrah Estate spent 10 months in neutral, larger barrels before being bottled. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a beautiful bouquet of black and blue fruits, ground pepper, bacon fat, and cured meats. It’s medium-bodied, has good acidity and notable tannins, and is a classic, impeccably made Syrah well worth seeking out. (10/2018)

  • 91 Connoisseurs Guide

    ” A tad riper and a bit better filled than its counterpart from 2015, Stolpman’s latest Estate Grown Syrah is a deep and defined effort that hits all of the right varietal bases. It smells generously of fully ripe berries and plums with plenty of distinctive Syrah spice and sports touches of cola, dried violets and sweet cream all of which are reiterated with great confidence in the youthful, very vital flavors that follow, and, although a fairly full-bodied wine of fine concentration, it exhibits great energy for a Syrah of its size. It tightens up and shows just enough finishing astringency to warn off hasty drinking, but it is guaranteed to grow for a good many years and earns an extra round of applause for unbeatable value. *Good Value* (3/2018)”

  • 90 Cellar Tracker

    Dense and pure with clarity to the fruit. Inky purple showing ripe blackberries and blackcurrant with a nice peppery note. Feels tight given the youth, but should come around.

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