Stillman has made quite a name for himself with great Syrah based wines and has won numerous awards. Best Syrah, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 1999 ,Best Syrah, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2000, Highest rated northern Central Coast Syrah, Wine Spectator May 2005 ,Top 100 California Wines of the Year, S.F. Chronicle, September 24,2002, Highest rated Syrah, Wine Spectator, Nov. 15, 2002 and finally one of the Top 100 American Wines of the Year, Tastings.com, December 2003(out of over 5000 wines)
Stillman spoke to us about his La Mort Du Roi Paso Robles 2005. Which is now sold out . We were fortunate enough to have enjoyed a bottle of this very unique Syrah. It is blended with Alicante Bouchet wich is a crossing between Grenache and Petit Bouchet. By itself this grape produces wine that are unexciting but when blended adds additional color and texture to wines. Stillman added 18% of this varietal to the La Mort Du Roi Syrah and produced Syrah with color that is unmatched with a nose and palate to go with it. This is one of our favorite wines we have had in a while and are very anxious to see its cousin Black Zeppelin pick up where the La Mort Du Roi left off.
Stillman has been on the cutting edge of winemkeing for a long time, never afraid to add his artistry with blends and varietals to see what he can produce. We look fowward to more from Stillman and his Red Zeppelin wines. Somehow we don't think we will be disappointed in whatever he comes up with in the future. For more information about Stillman and Red Zeppelin Wines you can go to www.redzeppelinwinery.com