Stoplman Syrah Estate 2006

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY | CALIFORNIA | $24

Mature red plum, mission fig and wild berry fruit, softened by bottle time, yields to cardamom, cedar, dried mushroom and graphite. Exceptional balance, medium-bodied with no alcohol heat — a remarkable trick given the high 15.1% alcohol. A beefed-up character in a slender tuxedo balancing on a tightrope, and somehow it works. And works well. A very good wine. (Reviewed 6/11/11)

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Filed under $21 to $50, California, Syrah/Shiraz | Grenache | Mourvedre

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