2010 Stolpman Vineyards "La Cuadrilla" Santa Ynez Red Blend

SKU #1086578 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (42% syrah, 34% grenache, 22% petite sirah and 2% viognier): Good dark red. Cherry liqueur, raspberry, licorice, peppery spices and menthol on the expressive nose. Juicy and downright gulpable, with light spicy lift and a hint of exotic orange zest lifting the black and red fruit flavors. Tastes lighter than its 14.4% would suggest. The dry, intense finish features fine, light tannins and a distinctly savory quality to the cherry and dark berry flavors.  (11/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and snappy, with vivid wild berry, spice and firm tannins. Easy to drink now and should gain with time. Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Viognier. Drink now through 2017.  (12/ 2012)

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2012  | Send Email
With its enticing deep velvety color, this beautifully made wine it is just a pleasure for your senses, cherry, raspberries, kirsch, blood orange and spices. Try with a juicy steak, or BBQ ribs or just by itself really!

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/27/2012  | Send Email
Love that Stolpman is giving a portion of the sales to there vineyard crew. All the more reason to sell such a great wine. Big, rich with deep flavors. This would be perfect with BBQ! Since, we are getting into BBQ season. Stock up and buy a case.

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Other Red Wines

Country:

United States

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California

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Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, chardonnay and pinot noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.9