Reynvaan Family Vineyards

The Contender Syrah

9.345 ratings
9.37 pro ratings
Walla Walla Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

My first Reynvaan and I had high expectations. I poured this directly after the M.C.K. by K Vintners and it was a contrast of New World Syrah. While the M.C.K. was a black pepper bomb, this was a lavender bomb. The copious amount of lavender, was accompanied by soft blue fruits and grilled meat. For me, a step up from the M.C.K. in terms of refinement but not to the level of what I’ve experienced lately by the New World Syrahs from Christopher Tynan, and similarly far from what I expect from the great Syrahs from the Northern Rhône. Compared to the former, it lacked the complexity, power and structure. Compared to the latter, it lacked the nuance, verve and sense of place. A very good wine....but hard to justify the tariff IMO.

My first Reynvaan and I had high expectations. I poured this directly after the M.C.K. by K Vintners and it was a contrast of New World Syrah. While the M.C.K. was a black pepper bomb, this was a lavender bomb. The copious amount of lavender, was accompanied by soft blue fruits and grilled meat. For me, a step up from the M.C.K. in terms of refinement but not to the level of what I’ve experienced lately by the New World Syrahs from Christopher Tynan, and similarly far from what I expect from the great Syrahs from the Northern Rhône. Compared to the former, it lacked the complexity, power and structure. Compared to the latter, it lacked the nuance, verve and sense of place. A very good wine....but hard to justify the tariff IMO.

May 2nd, 2020
Brent Clayton

Nice stuff. Corona protector.

Nice stuff. Corona protector.

Mar 19th, 2020
Tom Elliot

Founder Northwest Wines

9.7

Distinctly northern Rhône

Distinctly northern Rhône

Nov 4th, 2018
Ted Rutledge

Very good but still needs more cellar time or lots of air

Very good but still needs more cellar time or lots of air

Jul 13th, 2015
TheSkip

Better than when I had it the last time. More savory than Californian counterparts. A little too high on the graphite for my taste.

Better than when I had it the last time. More savory than Californian counterparts. A little too high on the graphite for my taste.

Jul 16th, 2019
Joel Haith

Admittedly not a huge white wine drinker, this may change that. On the nose this fantastic bouquet of honeysuckle crushed rocks with green apple skin and a mineral undertone. Such a crisp lip smacking wine when you take a sip. This is a perfect summer hot ass day wine it’s insanely refreshing and delicious. Will have to find more

Admittedly not a huge white wine drinker, this may change that. On the nose this fantastic bouquet of honeysuckle crushed rocks with green apple skin and a mineral undertone. Such a crisp lip smacking wine when you take a sip. This is a perfect summer hot ass day wine it’s insanely refreshing and delicious. Will have to find more

Mar 11th, 2019
Brooke Long

“American Rhône.” medium bodied, minerals and graphite with blackberry.

“American Rhône.” medium bodied, minerals and graphite with blackberry.

Jan 13th, 2019
Lisa Fried

Was great — lots of graphite and some bacon smoke. Very very tasty.

Was great — lots of graphite and some bacon smoke. Very very tasty.

Apr 15th, 2018
James Zimmer

Right in the sweet spot with some mellowed tannin

Right in the sweet spot with some mellowed tannin

Apr 7th, 2018
Joe Flo

Needs big time decanting which I didn't do this time.

Needs big time decanting which I didn't do this time.

Jun 16th, 2017