2006 Purisima Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley 750ml
Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed bouquet of violet, boysenberry, olive tapenade and cracked pepper. Classic Syrah on the nose and palate, which offers sweet red and dark berry flavors and notes of olive, floral pastille and peppery spices. Suave and expansive Syrah with impressive finishing clarity and persistence.
2006 was slow to evolve and with the cool winds out of the Santa Rita Hills blowing at the higher elevation of Purisima, we did not begin harvest here until November 4th. Purisima Mountain's high elevations (reaching upwards of 1,250 feet) influence climatic factors such as moisture, temperature and exposure. The climate is also influenced by marine air drawn up from the Pacific Ocean through the Santa Ynez Valley, which brings morning fog and cool ocean breezes in the summer afternoons. These cooling factors ensure moderate temperatures that allow for a longer, steadier ripening period, leading to superior grapes.
This wine was fermented with 50% whole cluster to about 34 degrees centigrade. Lots were pressed directly to barrel and aged for 26 months before being bottled without fining or filtration.
- 92 Points, Wine Advocate
- 92 Points, International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer
2006 Stolpman Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley 750ml
Opaque purple. High-pitched blackberry and cherry aromas are complemented by notes of violet and dried rose, along with a smoky undertone. Fleshy and smooth, with sweet red and dark berry flavors and gentle tannins. Gains depth with air and finishes with good grip and a building note of sexy, sweet oak spices. This should be drinking well in the next few years.