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2018 Stolpman "Estate" Ballard Canyon Syrah

SKU #1438213 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Syrah Estate is a fabulous example of both the estate and everything Ballard Canyon is about. Fabulously deep and expansive, the Estate captures tremendous character. The flavors are dark, brooding and so rich. Black cherry, plum, leather, spice and dried herbs abound. The 50% whole clusters are nicely integrated, but the tannins are equally imposing, so a measure of patience is critical. All of the other Syrahs in this range are compelling, but to me the Estate is the most complete. It's a reference-point wine for the appellation. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An assembled barrel blend, the 2018 Syrah Estate is medium to deep ruby-purple and scented of candied blueberries, black cherries, black and red currants, baker's chocolate, cranberry, violet and lilac plus soil and garrigue hints. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a full spectrum of cocoa-tinged, tricolored fruits, with firm, pleasantly chewy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and perfumed. (EB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2021 | Send Email
One of my favorite Syrahs from anywhere on the planet and consistently deemed one of the finest examples of the variety produced in California by many top critics. The Stolpman family were founders of the growing region known today as Ballard Canyon and their dream was to have it recognized as a world-class site for Rhone varietals, something I believe they proved long ago. The 2018 Estate Syrah is absolutely quintessential Syrah; it's bursting with smoky, gamy, black and blue fruits hemmed in by high-toned florals on one end and deep bass tones of scorched earth and cracked peppercorns on the other. Whilst the fruit is lush and mouth coating, the floral lift, spice, and savory tones provide depth and complexity beyond the wonderfully pure mid-palate fruit. Medium-plus bodied with ultrafine tannins and perfectly judged acidity playing equal roles in sculpting the wine's form. It's pure class and a pleasure to drink now or over the coming 10+ years. Galloni calls this a "reference-point wine for the appellation." I might go a few steps further and call it a reference-point wine for Syrah in general.
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