Founder Tom Stolpman wanted to honor his wife, Marilyn, and her family, the Angeli clan, by naming a special wine after her. After decades of research and experimentation, the Angeli wine has now been sourced from her own block for well over a decade. These vines represent our oldest own-rooted Syrah planting – a planting practice that while risky, delivers a whole new level of potential for our wines.
The 2020 vintage started with much needed late rain in March and April. The cold moisture pushed back bud break and set up an anticipated late harvest. Ripening then accelerated after late summer heat waves. The warmth created rich, opulent Syrah cuvees that are already open and inviting.
Booming red fruit intensity sounds the alarm for a rogue wave of coating, decadent, luxurious texture overwhelming the brain’s pleasure center. Even in its youth, the wine has no rough edge to soften although there is still an energetic tangerine zip on the finish in its youth. An absolute all-star, gorgeous Angeli bottling, making Mama Angeli proud!