93 Points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate. "What's becoming the flagship Syrah for the estate, the 2013 Syrah Originals Estate comes from the original planting of the estate from 1992. It offers more texture, depth, richness and elegance over the Estate Syrah and possesses beautiful notes of creme de cassis, barbecue smoke, crushed pepper and violets. Medium to full-bodied, ripe and textured, yet always pure and balanced, it will have a decade of longevity."
92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous. "The 2013 Syrah Originals is developing into a highly appealing wine. Time in bottle has brought out a level of refinement the 2013 did not show when it was younger. Floral, lifted and savory, the 2013 offers lovely delicacy but also plenty of dark Ballard Canyon fruit. Rose petal, lavender and sweet red plum add the closing shades of nuance. The Originals is quite subtle within the context of the vintage."
From Stolpman Vineyards:
VINTAGE: The 2013 Originals Syrah might be our most serious Syrah. The wine is constructed for old-world collectors and will excel over the next 2 decades, perhaps longer. Drought constricted yields in our oldest, dry-farmed blocks held their end of the bargain. Without the water to give us quantity, each vine gave us a few clusters of the utmost quality. The vines truly gave it their all. By the time we harvested, the stems were dehydrated. Lignified, the stems turned from sappy green to a dry, dark yellow shade.
SENSORY: The dark core dives into lushness but is brought back with a chalky, savory finish. These old vines tell the story of a life spent rooting deep into solid Limestone through up-front, aggressive minerality. Perhaps the most savory Syrah we have ever made, this wine should be consumed over a long evening, allowing time to discover new complexities with every sip. A meditative process hopefully yielding revelation.
Alc. 14.1% By Vol.