2012 Stolpman "Originals" Ballard Canyon Syrah (1.5L)
Distinctive and unique aromas of blueberry, sawdust pencil shavings, freshly tanned leather and fennel seed swirl amidst a mysterious minty element. It’s silky and lush once sipped, with fine-grained tannins and all shades of purple fruit and flower flavors.
*Two Stars* The latest line-up of Stolpman Syrahs is nothing short of a true embarrassment of riches, and this wine made from the oldest block of Syrah in Ballard Canyon is a powerful and impressively extracted working that manages to be both brawny and well-behaved at once. It is mouthfilling stuff, and it does not stint on ripeness, yet it is always in balance and displays lovely, very pure fruit with highlights of dried flowers and spice, and, like its mates, it a wine that will age famously even as it tempts with immense richness in its youth.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Sexy, spice-laced cherry and blueberry aromas show very good clarity, picking up notes of woodsmoke, Asian spices and candied flowers with air. Vibrant dark fruit and spicecake flavors gain depth and sweetness in the glass while maintaining vivacity. The floral quality builds strongly through the gently tannic finish, which lingers with outstanding clarity and mineral-driven persistence.
Explosive and perfumed to the core, the 2012 Syrah Originals captivates all the sense with exuberant perfume and super-intense fruit, all with plenty of underlying structure. Cloves, lavender, mint and an array of spices inform the fragrant, highly expressive finish. The 60% whole clusters are impeccably balanced. This is a gorgeous showing from Stolpman. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Darker and richer, the 2012 Syrah Originals comes from the 2 oldest blocks on the estate, and sees slightly more stem inclusion than the estate Syrah. It’s loaded with assorted dark fruits, chocolate, smoke, dried violets and chalky minerality, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, impressive concentration and a clean, nicely focused finish. (JD)