2013 Stolpman "Originals" Ballard Canyon Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
What's becoming the flagship Syrah for the estate, the 2013 Syrah Originals Estate comes from the original planting of the estate from 1992. It offers more texture, depth, richness and elegance over the Estate Syrah and possesses beautiful notes of creme de cassis, barbecue smoke, crushed pepper and violets. Medium to full-bodied, ripe and textured, yet always pure and balanced, it will have a decade of longevity. (JD)
The 2013 Syrah Originals is developing into a highly appealing wine. Time in bottle has brought out a level of refinement the 2013 did not show when it was younger. Floral, lifted and savory, the 2013 offers lovely delicacy but also plenty of dark Ballard Canyon fruit. Rose petal, lavender and sweet red plum add the closing shades of nuance. The Originals is quite subtle within the context of the vintage. (AG)
Smooth and sultry purple fruit and flower notes get more specific on the black pepper and blackberry elements in this bottling from the family's original blocks, planted in 1992 and 1993. The palate is both dynamic and straightforward, with nuanced blueberry-blackberry fruits decorated by peppery spice that dances across solid structure into the long finish. (MK)
*One Star* The Originals bottling is sourced from the appellation's oldest Syrah plantings and stands slightly apart from its cellarmates insofar as it is less bold in manner and buoyed by obvious acidity. It lacks neither for ripeness nor for deep fruit, but it is the most tightly wound of the bunch, and, while its slight turn to finishing stiffness prescribes a few years of smoothing, its comparatively fine-grained tannins are kept neatly in check and nothing about it mandates prolonged keeping.
Wine & Spirits
This powerful Syrah holds enough brightness at its center to support its luscious, plummy, alcohol-warmed fruit. It’s very ripe but not heavy, with hearty, savory aromas of bacon and black olive that would suit lamb shoulder.