2017 Syrah (Stolpman Vineyards)
Stolpman Vineyards, Syrah, Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, California 2017100% Syrah BRAMBLY BLACKBERRY & CURRANT, BLACK OLIVE, STRIDENT EARTH This beautiful California Syrah is a prime example of heights reached through adversity. A massive heat wave at the very end of the growing season had Stolpman's crews nervous, but the grapes pulled through with shining - albeit deep purple - colors. This is a rich, brambly, piquant wine, full of dark black woodsy fruit and a pungent thread of smoky earth that is intriguingly old world. A kiss of oak makes sure everything wraps up with luxuriant smoothness. Serving Suggestion: Lamb cheeks smoked over a long hickory fire and brushed with herbed mustard. White bean and tomato stew with plenty of sage and obscene amounts of garlic.