2009 Stolpman Syrah Hilltops


  • USA
  • > California
  • > Central Coast
  • > Santa Ynez Valley
Drink between 2013 - 2019
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • CWilliam wrote:

    December 27, 2014 - Enjoyed with grilled lamb chops. Decanted for 1 hour. Dark black color and shows no sign of age. Meat, black olives,floral, blackberry / saline on nose. Similar palate ex floral component. Medium+ body, nice balance and long finish. 92+

  • philipmac wrote: (90 points)

    November 21, 2014 - Decanted for 2.5 hours. Not as good as other Hilltops. Cellared since its release, its probably reaching its plateau.

  • bbakove wrote: (89 points)

    October 28, 2014 - Ruby color, garnet at the edge. Initially a sharp scent of wood tannin which faded, allowing aromas of dark berry, spice and crushed rock, all translating onto the palate. Moderately firm mouthfeel with a sweet attack that develops into a well balanced flavor profile of fruit and bramble with a pleasant underlying smoky minerality. Became more expressive over time and I suspect a long decant would yield lovely results.

  • sbfireman wrote: (89 points)

    September 30, 2013 - Fine juice but tight and needs either air time or bottle time. Opened up nicely towards the end, complex fruit with okay finish. Not sure I'd find another, though. Prefer more opulent fruit that can either coat the teeth or pull the sweaters off 'em

  • CWilliam wrote:

    September 10, 2013 - Decanted for 1.5 hours and served with smoked pork spare ribs. Black cherry, raspberry, violets & touch of meat on nose. On palate, medium+ body, high acidity and black raspberry, black cherry. Very bright fruit profile and alchohol does not show up on nose or finish (I think its 15% alchohol). Long finish and great with foods. Tasting notes are from night 2. 93+ and would buy again.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, Issue #159 (link)

    (Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Hilltops Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

    (Stolpman Syrah Hilltop Santa Ynez Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/25/2012 (link) 90 points

    (Stolpman Syrah Hilltops) Dark ruby color; tart plum, tart currant nose; tart plum, tart currant palate; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish 90+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Stolpman
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Hilltops
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Ynez Valley
  • UPC Code 890095000074

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 250 (59%)
  • Consumed 171 (41%)

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Who Likes This Wine

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