Stolpman Syrah 2010

2010 was one of our most challenges vintages (the most challenging, being the 2011!). A long, cool growing season over Spring and Summer was abruptly upset by a heat storm that pushed the mercury into the triple digits for consecutive days at the end of September. It was a real test of our dry farming, and fortunately, our vine passed the test with flying colors. We experienced some sun burn on the berries and a few scorched leaves, but the vines pulled from their very deepest roots to find water and keep themselves hydrated. It was miraculous to behold! Our 2010 Estate Syrah must be the most accessible Syrah we've yet produced. We utilized very few stems in the 2010 fermentations and less new oak in the elevage. As a result the finished wines are succulent with brilliant aromatics and silky tannins. Although this wine will be enjoyable upon release, I am confident it will continue to give pleasure for 10+ years.

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