Wine Advocate | Rating: 93Tasted as a barrel sample and from newer, high density plantings and aged in 40% new French oak (which is up from the normal 20%), the 2011 Syrah Hilltops has loads of potential with big, upfront black and blue fruits, creamy licorice, crushed flowers and solid minerality to go with beautiful purity and precision on the palate. It's seriously impressive and I love the mix of richness and purity. It should have over a decade of longevity. Drink 2015-2021.Author: Jeb Dunnuck
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(from the best sections of the estate vineyards, with roots deep into the limestone): Dark red-ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of mocha, chocolate and wild herbs, with pungent cherry and raspberry fruit emerging only after considerable time in the glass. Initially came across as even less fruity and more savory than the Originals, with a bit less early detail, but aeration brought a tactile, chewy texture and lovely floral lift. The wine's strong underlying energy gives the juicy, very long finish a light touch in spite of the wine's powerful impression of solidity. Lay this highly concentrated syrah down for more complexity. (ST)Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: November/December 2013
Regarded as one of the top sites in the Santa Barbara region for Rhone varieties, the 220 acres were planted in 1992 and provide Stolpman-designated fruit to many respected producers in the region. The Estate program is directed by winemaker Sashi Moorman, who produces such iconic wines as L'Avion, La Croce, Hilltops and Angeli.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 15 bottles owned
- 9 collectors