#20 ENTHUSIAST TOP 100 IN 2022
A cold spring led to a moderate summer without significant heat spikes through harvest. Overall, 2021 harvest arrived late, with traditional reds beginning to hit peak ripeness at the end of September and through October. We started harvesting Syrah for the GSM in mid October followed by Grenache and Mourvèdre at the very end of the month into November.
AT THE WINERY
The classic GSM blend of the Southern Rhone! We aim to marry the bright red fruit of Grenache with the deeper red fruit and earth of Mourvèdre, completed with the depth and darker fruits of Syrah. In 2022, we planted an additional 2 acres of Mourvèdre in the hopes of one day making the GSM a core staple of Stolpman’s offering – we love it that much!
Fresh red berry fruit carries the day lining into tarry depths and underlying wet stone. Smooth and graceful throughout the palate with touches of berry tang to hang the lusher notes in balance. Chalky fine mocha tannins already bound up and intertwined with the fresh red berry. Touches of charred grilled meat and graphite on finish. Verve and energy sing high notes all the way through from start to finish in its youth. Already delicious but the wine will enjoy a journey of mellowing and luxuriating over the next 5-10 years.