2009 HPR SYRAH
In order to further understand the consequence of each plow, snip, and touch he takes among the vines, Ruben decided to make wine.
Over the past 15 years, Ruben’s intensive interaction with Sashi has enlightened him to barely distinguishable consequences of timing and care in each of the Stolpman Vineyards micro blocks. In order to branch out and learn anew, Ruben purchased fruit from some of the other vineyards under his management. Of course, being the boss, he was able to cherry pick from his favorite blocks.
In Ruben’s words, “to make sure I didn’t screw anything up”, Ruben made each of his wines under the supervision of the Stolpman winemaking team.
Today, we are proud to debut his first efforts, 15 cases of 2008 Refugio Ranch Petite Sirah Santa Ynez Valley AVA and 19 cases of 2009 Harrison Clarke Syrah Ballard Canyon AVA.
It turns out Ruben’s intuitive sense for farming translates to a natural knack for winemaking. And lucky for us, Ruben didn’t mind sitting on this tiny amount of inventory for five years until the wines would shine at their brightest. I’ve been lucky enough to try these two wines over the years since bottling, and I’m thrilled to taste how they’ve developed.
An intense nose of red and purple fruit carries a wild Syrah rawness. An image of a large whole animal roasting on a medieval spit immediately comes to mind. In the mouth, the mature wine shows silky, yet present tannin and a naughty kick of spice. While elegant, the mouthfeel allows for intriguing depth and soulfulness. Harrison Clarke Vineyard lies at high elevation along the Northern rim of Ballard Canyon where the wines ripen early with robust fruit flavors.
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