Stolpman Vineyards Syrah 2022, Ballard Canyon, Central Coast, California

Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare Limestone outcropping and unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is naturally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. “We are committed to preserving this natural environment for our vines through conscious farming, dry farming, and sustainable employment. In the winery, we prefer native fermentation and minimal manipulation.” 2022 vintage: 100% Syrah. The Estate Grown Syrah cuvee includes the oldest ‘original’ vines in Ballard Canyon planted throughout the 1990s as well as the mature, high density and own-rooted vineyards planted in the 2000s. Year after year, the wine’s richness and liveliness showcases Ballard Canyon’s cold nights and the short period of daytime warmth in between Pacific fog and cool wind. Stolpman’s Limestone subsoil elevates the bright natural acidity. A second year of drought reduced their 2022 yields and led to a small crop. Tasting: In its youth, 2022 Estate Grown Syrah carries a torch of intense, high toned red fruit with a captivating fleshy texture. Delicately silky yet deceivingly thick and round mouthfeel backed by playfully chalky tannin. Ripe, dense cherry and fiery red plum shine brightness through the palate. A wine of flare and unabashed confidence, certainly a high water mark for the flagship Estate Grown Syrah cuvee. 50% destemmed, 50% whole-cluster. Wine aged in 100% neutral French Ermitage 500L oak puncheons for 9 months.