(a selection of the best 300-liter barrels): Bright ruby-red. Kaleidoscopic nose offers scents of dark berries, smoked duck, mocha, brown spices, brown sugar and espresso; for the second consecutive vintage I was reminded of Guigal's La Landonne. Lush, fat, seamless and very deep, with harmonious ripe acidity framing the pliant dark berry and spice flavors. The powerful, extremely long, fruit-driven finish coats the palate with dusty tannins and a note of violet face powder. Wonderfully harmonious and vibrant wine, and distinctly lower in alcohol at 14.1% than the outstanding 2009 (15.3%). (ST)
Bright saturated ruby. Pungent, wild nose combines blueberry, black raspberry, pepper, game, coffee, graphite and smoky minerality, complicated by saline and balsamic nuances and a whiff of peach. Quite dry and primary in the mid-palate, with a bracing edge of acidity and the stem influence keeping the dark fruit flavors under wraps today. The saline and peppery qualities carry through in the mouth. This youthfully disjointed wine does not yet deliver the fireworks suggested by the nose, but I'd like to see it again after some of the tannins have been absorbed. (JR) 91+
The 2010 Syrah Villa Angeli possesses a striking bouquet laced with flowers, crushed rocks, blackberry jam and new leather. The use of whole clusters and Viognier gives the Villa Angeli an attractive lift that the other Stolpman Syrahs don’t have. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG)
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