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2013 Stolpman "Originals" Ballard Canyon Syrah

SKU #1265563 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (9/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The Originals Syrah cuvée incorporates only the initial Syrah plantings that Tom Stolpman put into the ground in 1992. These vines are not only our Original planting, but they are the oldest vines in Ballard Canyon AVA. The wine made from these vines generated the Syrah-planting fervor which eventually led to the publication of Ballard Canyon AVA - the only appellation in the United States dedicated to the grape Syrah. Piercing, intense red fruit leading into quintessential Ballard Canyon Syrah blueberry all combine to create an impressive first impression. The beautiful burst of upfront bouquet is backed by serious, deep minerality and meaty savoriness - but all the while, the bright fruit shines persistently through. The savory edge of the spectrum even cuts to the edge of salt and brine and conjures up my favorite cut of beef - the worshipped, succulently textured dry-aged ribeye 'cap'. On the finish, well contained, elegant tannin rounds out the one-two punch of freshness and richness."

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