2018 Stolpman Syrah 'So Hot Right Now'
Region: Ballard Canyon < Santa Ynez Valley < CA
Grapes: SyrahVineyard/Cellar Stats: organic farming, loam and slate soil; carbonic fermentation then 10 months in neutral barrel; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added Co2; zero-zero; 12.5% ABV
Winemaker: Peter Stolpman & Sashi Moorman
You know we’re big fans of the Stolpman family here at Rock Juice – in addition to working organically since day one, and producing wine in a very low-intervention way, they do something really cool and unusual: employ their vineyard workers year-round and full-time, as well as offer profit sharing. Says Peter, “We strive not only to make the best wine possible – we are also committed to creating a healthy, stable work environment for fifteen families. Proud, fulfilled people make better wine!”
That's a long explanation for how and why, but the what is obvious: a fresh, bright, easy-drinking Syrah with complexity and length, and without the heaviness, both in terms of alcohol and mouthfeel, that is typical in central coast Syrah. Heck, in most California Syrah. Here, there is a piercing, high-toned raspberry and strawberry component combined with popping spice, subtle meatiness and pepper that is at once familiar, if you love Syrah, but also new and exciting. We love how Peter describes the mouthfeel in surfer parlance: "the wine rides high and slices through the roof of the mouth rather than slowing down to fill and coat." Hands down, best Cali Syrah we've had in a long while.