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2015 Stolpman Estate Grown Ballard Canyon Syrah

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May 30, 2021 - $31

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RATINGS

93Wine Enthusiast

Very rich and lush aromas of black currant that are zesty rather than overripe meet with hints of chaparral, cherry wood smoke and sweet lavender... There's a strong sagebrush quality to the sip, with blackberry sauce and peppercorn husks in the midpalate.

92Vinous / IWC

...powerful, intense wine...there is good purity and depth to the dark, red-toned fruit. Floral notes offer brightness and perfume...

17Jancis Robinson

Baked black fruit, fine tannins, intense peppery fruit and strong black-olive notes. Finishes with fresh mint herbaceousness.

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Ballard Canyon

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.