Stolpman Estate Syrah
Staff Pick

Stolpman Estate Syrah - 2016

Item # 31109 750mL
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Production Methods



Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

This beauty hails from Ballard Canyon, the first Syrah-focused appellation in California! Stolpman Estate co-ferments a small portion of Viognier with Syrah in the style of Côte-Rôtie. The wine offers a delightful bouquet, followed by elegantly textured fruit flavors. Decant to allow its rich aromas to unfold.

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Staff Pick Notes

This wine over-delivers in every way. Grown from Côte-Rôtie cuttings, the Stolpman cuvée is even built like a classic Northern Rhône red: 3% Viognier--a white--and bit of Grenache are fermented, along with Syrah in the same vessel. Here, every sniff is an adventure. Just some of the notes I picked out are red cherry, heady perfume, and Kansas City BBQ. Because this wine is built to last, it is tight when it is first opened. Decant for 30 minutes for best results.

- SS

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it...

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