Washington Syrah

Charles Smith

Royal City Washington Syrah 2015

Sourced from the northern block of the Northridge Vineyard the 2015 Royal City Syrah opens to a beautiful aromatic range which includes nuances of blood orange, black olive tapenade, black tea and charcuterie. The mouthfeel is plush, as this unveils flavors of wild blackberry, raw meat, green olive and smoked brisket which persist through the finish. The weight is not quite what it has been in recent vintages, but nonetheless this is a seriously impressive Syrah which should go on to evolve nicely over the course of the next decade. Drink 2019-2026- 93 — 2 days ago

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Dunham Cellars

Columbia Valley Syrah 2014

Color of deep beautiful purple, turning a bit light purple, gray, and blue on the rim. Nose of vanilla, cherry, dried strawberry, some cranberry, and juicy grapes. Taste is smooth and milky, vanilla flavors oriented, low almost non tannins. 2nd sip shows her dark fruits note, with some strawberry, dark cherry, deep skin grapes, some mineral also. Smooth and humble. Aftertaste is again very mild yet with right amount of flavors, good raisins, very gentle wine. — 18 days ago

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Reynvaan Family Vineyards

The Contender Walla Walla Valley Estate Syrah 2010

This is just a stunning 2010 Syrah from Matt Reynvaan. This Syrah has 6% Marsanne blended in and is sourced from the Reynvaan's esteemed 'In The Rocks' Vineyard. This wine improves following more than one hour of air before enjoying. As this begins to unwind, it releases intense aromatics of red with smoked meats, Umami, crushed wet stone and dried herbs de Provence. The mid-palate shows off a seamless texture, with bright fruit flavors of pomegranate, wild blackberry cordial,orange rind, red cherry preserves and lighter suggestions of wet stone continue on through the exceedingly long finish. The elegance of this wine is already apparent, and I expect this wonderful Syrah will age gracefully into the next decade and beyond. Drink 2019-2033- 95 — 2 days ago

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Cayuse Vineyards

Walla Walla Valley Syrah 1999

The oldest Cayuse I’ve had thanks to @Steve Anderson and an interesting comparison to what I’m used to from this house. The nose had none of the fox fur funk that I’m conditioned to expect; likewise no black olive tapenade in the taste profile. That being said, I thought it showed really well. Depth, balance and still some marked residual power. A fun chance to see what Cayuse is at age 20. — 2 months ago

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Checked my note from this dinner and recorded same fade of the funk. 🚀
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The funk is gone @romo 🕺🏽

Andrew Januik

Los Molinos Syrah

The ‘Los Molinos’ red wine by Andrew Januik is a silky blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache (mainly), all sourced from the Columbia Valley. Already quite evolved, this wine shows smoky aromatics with black tea, crushed mint and blackberry pie. The palate is showing some sterling acidity with a wonderful texture. The saline streak impresses here with red and dark fruits connecting with chocolate and blood orange tones on the palate. Seductive and showing some marvelous range, this is another sensational wine made by the talented Andrew Januik. Drink 2019-2029- 93 — 2 days ago

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Delmas Wines

Walla Walla Valley Syrah

The 2016 Delmas Syrah is a head-turning wine that takes its seat at the high table in Washington Syrah. Sourced from the highly acclaimed SJR Vineyard, the Syrah is connected with 7.25% Viognier in the co-ferment and saw limited new oak prior to bottling. This instantly impressess as it exudes heady aromas of red currant jelly, cigar ash, blood orange rind, barn floor, crushed wet gravel and Asian spices which all come together beautifully and continue to bring you back to the glass for more. On the palate this silky, smooth and seductive red is well balanced and laced with flavors of cranberries, pomegranate, Mandarin orange, red cherry candy, peat moss and Umami. This has incredible range, precision, purity and focus from start to finish. Overall, this is a completely compelling wine from winemaker, Billo Naravane, which will cellar beautifully for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2030- 96 — 7 days ago

Two Vintners

Syrah 2016

Loads of dark fruit and savory herbs and spices, citrus oil over some gamy meats, and a pleasing finish. This is pleasurable and pushes well beyond its price point. — 13 days ago

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Gramercy Cellars

Lagniappe Columbia Valley Syrah 2014

The 2014 Lagniappe is an outstanding bottling from Gramercy Cellars, this Syrah was sourced from the Forgotten Hills, Red Willow and Minick Vineyards. The wine underwent 66% whole cluster fermentation and was aged for 18 months in used puncheons prior to bottling. This shows wonderful aromatics of dried herbs, red cherry, red raspberry, rose petals, Parma ham and blood orange. There are ripe flavors of black cherry, Chinese black tea, mint, coffee grounds and hints of orange rind and anise. This dense wine needs a two hour decant for full expression and drinks even better on the second day. Lithe and light on its feet, this will cellar well for at least another ten years. Drink 2019-2029- 93 — 2 days ago

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MTR Productions

Memory Found Syrah

The 2013 ‘Memory Found’ Syrah is a head-turning and seductive release from the incredibly talented winemaker, Matt Reynvaan. On the nose this shows massive range, from Hoisin sauce to peat moss to wet stone and citrus rind to brandied dark cherries all taking shape beautifully in the glass. Despite its age and the heat of the vintage, this is lithe and youthful, showing a wonderful combination of tension and purity. Flavors of pipe tobacco, chocolate covered dark cherries, roasted figs, wet stones, blood orange zest and umami all marvelously combine. The salinity of the wine also adds wonderful appeal, as this shows remarkable complexity and range, through the finish. Overall, this is a stunning Syrah that will be best enjoyed within the next five to ten years. — 3 days ago

Reynvaan Family Vineyards

Foothills Reserve Syrah 2014

The 2014 'Foothills Reserve' is an absolutely incredible Syrah that shows tremendous promise for this acclaimed vintage. This inky colored, opaque wine begins with intoxicating aromatics of red cherries and blackberries woven together with Unami, wet stones, white pepper and smoked brisket all taking shape in this majestic red. On the palate this demonstrates deep layers of concentrated flavors with Mandarin orange rind, red cherry, red raspberry, creosote and seaweed notes all leaving an impression. The poise, tension and mouthfeel of this wine is simply amazing and I can see this improving even further with some additional time in bottle. Drink 2019-2030- 97 — 3 days ago

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