Reynvaan Family Vineyards

Stonessence Estate Syrah

9.368 ratings
9.421 pro ratings
Walla Walla Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.4

I’ve been a fan of Reynvaan wines for a few years now, but this is the first time I’ve had their Stonessence. Their “In The Rocks” bottle has been a favorite and while there are a lot of similarities between the two, I found this to have a more powerful profile, albeit a touch less funk driven aromatically. If you haven’t tried these wines but love Cayuse, these are up your alley.

Pop and pour. Compared to their other offerings, this is 100% Syrah, so nothing is co-fermented. That’s fairly apparent on the nose as it doesn’t have that intensely lifted profile...it still sports classic “Rocks” funk with peppered salami, potpourri, black olive and dark coffee grounds. This comes across darker and more black fruit driven than their other wines, lending more notes of scorched black cherries, teriyaki jerky, iron, and tar on the palate. Great use of stems/whole clusters. I followed this over two days and it was just as gorgeous on day two. Very nicely integrated. Likely in a peak drinking window where it should reside for a few more years easily.

I’ve been a fan of Reynvaan wines for a few years now, but this is the first time I’ve had their Stonessence. Their “In The Rocks” bottle has been a favorite and while there are a lot of similarities between the two, I found this to have a more powerful profile, albeit a touch less funk driven aromatically. If you haven’t tried these wines but love Cayuse, these are up your alley.

Pop and pour. Compared to their other offerings, this is 100% Syrah, so nothing is co-fermented. That’s fairly apparent on the nose as it doesn’t have that intensely lifted profile...it still sports classic “Rocks” funk with peppered salami, potpourri, black olive and dark coffee grounds. This comes across darker and more black fruit driven than their other wines, lending more notes of scorched black cherries, teriyaki jerky, iron, and tar on the palate. Great use of stems/whole clusters. I followed this over two days and it was just as gorgeous on day two. Very nicely integrated. Likely in a peak drinking window where it should reside for a few more years easily.

Dec 5th, 2020
Tom Elliot

Founder Northwest Wines

9.7

Power and finesse

Power and finesse

Nov 4th, 2018
DAG
9.6

DAG had this 6 years ago

DAG had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 31st, 2014
Chelsea Pang

Chelsea had this 7 years ago

Chelsea had this 7 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 4th, 2014
Freddy Foot

Sommelier Restaurant Gary Danko

8.9

Freddy had this 7 years ago

Freddy had this 7 years ago

1 person found it helpfulOct 24th, 2013
Jeff Ames

Owner/Winemaker Rudius Wines

9.7

Jeff had this 7 years ago

Jeff had this 7 years ago

1 person found it helpfulAug 7th, 2013
Austin Baird

Tad musty. Took a bit to open up. Probably should have tried when I was feeling 100%

Tad musty. Took a bit to open up. Probably should have tried when I was feeling 100%

Feb 17th, 2016
Tom Elliot

Founder Northwest Wines

9.6

Gorgeous. Syrah for Pinot lovers.

Gorgeous. Syrah for Pinot lovers.

Nov 1st, 2015
Landon Donley

Awesome! Fantastic aromatics- classic rocks style- thanks Jeff!

Awesome! Fantastic aromatics- classic rocks style- thanks Jeff!

Apr 26th, 2015
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

10

A very earthy and distinct wine with an array of smoke pepper and dried meats very complex array of dark plum dark cherry and fine herbs very complex array of aromas. A very nuanced and savory wine fresh berry pie like fruit and a zesty fresh finish. Finish 50+. Killer!

A very earthy and distinct wine with an array of smoke pepper and dried meats very complex array of dark plum dark cherry and fine herbs very complex array of aromas. A very nuanced and savory wine fresh berry pie like fruit and a zesty fresh finish. Finish 50+. Killer!

Aug 17th, 2014