Stolpman Vineyards is one of the larger vineyard holdings in Santa Barbara at 220 acres, but they sell a lot more than they make into their own wines. That said, the Angeli bottling is the very best of the best of their estate, or the crème de la crème as the French would say. The wine is named after the owner’s Italian family from Lucca (Tuscany). The first couple of vintages Angeli was just the best of the vineyard, regardless of the varietal. As of 2002 it became a 100% Syrah, the “King of Ballard Canyon”. The wine is vinified mostly whole cluster so retain as much of the pure flavors as possible!
Stolpman 2012 “Angeli” Syrah
Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara
Retail 71.00 – GGWC 67.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2012 Angeli is a quintessentially beautiful Syrah. This might be on the best, if not the best Syrahs I have tasted all year! The aromatics are stunning and gorgeous – Black and Kalamata olives with hints of lush blueberries. The body is masculine, yet very refined while retaining perfect balance and elegance. One cannot help but to savor each sip and enjoy the meaty, juicy edge to the finish. If you pop a bottle soon, make sure to decant it to be rewarded with wonderful complexity packed into this beautiful beast. Very small production!