Stolpman Syrah So Hot Rainbow Ballard Canyon 2019
As we enjoy French Syrah, especially wines from Cornas and St. Joseph, we ask ourselves, “how we can make softer, more feathery Syrah in Ballard Canyon?”
Although we pride ourselves in bright energy and balance in all Stolpman Syrah cuvees, when compared to our favorite French wines, our wines are richer and more coating. Firmer tannin develops from skins that must ward off intense sun and then those skins must be hearty enough to insulate against 40 degree drops in temperature every night. Concentration comes naturally from dry farming in a region that receives no rain during the growing season. If we leave our Syrah grapes uncrushed through fermentation, the texture and flavor from our thick Syrah skins become less invasive. We have the opportunity to make a delicate, pretty wine. Picking at slightly lower sugar level and fermenting without oxygen gives the wine further lift and brightness. Completely withholding sulfur allows for purity of fruit and a naked openness and approachability. Super yummy when young.
Whole-cluster, sans soufre
Cooperages & Elevage
100% neutral French Ermitage 500L puncheons, 5 months.
Wine Advocate – “Medium ruby-purple, the 2019 Stolpman Syrah So Hot Rainbow is scented of blackcurrants with notes of tar, earth, blood orange and dried flowers. The medium-bodied palate is bright and fresh with lifted, peppery accents in a friendly, immediately accessible frame. Enjoy it over the next 3-5 years. 490 cases were made.” (92 Pts)
Wine Enthusiast – “Fresh and snappy aromas of elder-berry are given an earthy kick from wet soil elements on the nose of this sulfur-free bottling. A firm tannic profile wraps around the palate, where elderberry and elderflower flavors coalesce.” (91 Pts)