Pop and pour. Muted nose of black fruit, slight spice and a touch of alcohol. Fruit remained shy on the palate, even after several hours. Feels well-made, but just does not seem to excite. I am getting the impression that 2007 was not a particularly successful year for Stolpman as I have found surrounding vintages much more enjoyable.
Nose and palette of dark berries, mocha and pepper. Very smooth and balanced even at this young age. Great mouthfeel and long finish. Tannins are still noticeable but I suspect will integrate with further aging.
Had this for my birthday and on the day after. Very limited production that gets specially selected each year. Well-balanced nose of dark berries, chocolate, and some pepper. That balance continues on the palate. The softness of berries and cream dominates the first impression. This then transforms into pronounced minerals and tannins, which suggest the wine would develop well for another few years. One of our favorites from the Santa Ynez valley. Glad I still have a few bottles ...
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