WE 94 WA 90 AG 90 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - Coming from one of Ballard Canyon’s premiere vineyards, this offers aromas of black cherry, wet black loam and morning dew on sage. The mouthfeel is all silk, and flavors are savory, with elderberries, crushed sage and wild mint.
According to Wine Advocate - The ruby/semi-opaque 2012 Syrah Estate Grown has a medium-bodied, savory and complex profile. Spending 13 months in neutral demi-muids, it exhibits plenty of purple fruits, violets, ground pepper and hints of cured meats to go with a silk texture and solid mid-palate depth. This is another wine that leans toward the more complex, elegant end of the spectrum.
According to Antonio Galloni - Dark plum, smoke, tobacco, menthol, licorice and game are some of the notes that meld together in Stolpman's 2012 Syrah Estate. A dense, powerful wine, the 2012 is loaded with intensity and power. Plum, black cherry, violets and lavender resonate on the expressive, textured finish. The 25% whole clusters are very nicely integrated.
According to Connoisseurs Guide - Yet again a very nicely made wine and one that is in all ways on point as Syrah, Stolpman's Estate Grown version is by a small margin the most accessible of the winery's new bunch and offers up lots of lovely, very deep, blackberry fruit with neatly placed adjuncts of sweet oak and spice. It is, nonetheless, a wine that is impeccably balanced and built for keeping, and, its immediate charms notwithstanding, it deserves to be set aside for another two or three years.
Winemakers Notes - The wine is darker than previous vintages despite no extra effort to extract skin pigment. The predominant aromas reflect the color in showing primarily blackand purple fruits with lighter red on the periphery. If I had to pick an actualsmell, I would pin fresh berries over heavy cream. Woodiness lingers behind the attractive perfume integrated through fermenting on dry-farmed stemsrather than aging in new oak. As the bottle opens up, more vervy red fruitshines through the nose and the wine gains complexity. To appreciate more of what the 2012 Estate Syrah has to offer, decant or open an hour prior to serving.14.1% ABV.