Stolo Hillside Vineyard, Cambria CA
2020 Hillside Reserve Syrah
95 Pt. Wine Enthusiast
Discrete use of new french oak allows aromas of savory dark red fruit and gentle spices. Round-bodied, balanced soft textures, showing flavors of wild game, ripe mirabelle plum, and white pepper.
The Hillside Reserve Vineyard sits atop an ancient sea mount of Monterey Shale limestone and thin top soils. Ocean views from the top of the vineyard illustrate why cool foggy nights compliment the soils to produce well structured wine grapes. Dry farmed original vines, undisturbed for 30 years, have deep root structure, thin canopies, and resilient vine stock.
Nicole Pope: much like the 2018 Hillside Reserve Pinot Noir, my goal was to produce a reductive style wine. As is the case with reductive wines the aromatics will be very strong with a meaty, iron flint and gun powder nose. To enjoy this wine at it's best age for 1-2 years in bottle and/or let the wine breathe by decanting for 1-2 hours or by aerating slowly before enjoying young. This wine will age nicely for 8-12 years.